Our dentists at Dental Arts SPB clinic provide regular tooth extractions for our patients when needed. There are several different reasons why an individual may need a tooth extraction. To learn more about these reasons and to see what you should expect during and after your tooth extraction, continue reading on.
Why may you need a tooth extraction?
Your Dental Arts SBP dentist may suggest a tooth extraction for the following reasons:
- Severe decay
- Crowded teeth
- Remove a baby tooth for the permanent tooth to emerge properly
- Remove wisdom teeth
- Gum disease
- To accommodate dentures
What to Expect During Your Tooth Extraction
To begin your tooth extraction, your dentist will thoroughly numb the affected area in order to avoid pain. They will also examine and see if you are in need of an antibiotic before or after your extraction procedure. If needed, your dentist will remove any gum or bone tissue that is covering the tooth. After removing your teeth, your dentist will provide you with the necessary amount of stitches to close the gum. Your dentist may provide you with self-dissolving stitches.
What to Do After a Tooth Extraction
Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on what to do after a tooth extraction. A few things to keep in mind are to apply pressure to where the tooth was removed to prevent bleeding and use an ice pack to avoid swelling in your mouth. It is important to keep your mouth clean and to brush regularly. If needed, take any medications to control pain and swelling as well. Eating soft foods will allow the area to heal more quickly.