January 20, 2017
Preventive dentistry does everything possible to preserve natural tooth structure because nothing looks, feels or functions like a real tooth. At Lifetime Dental Health, Dr. Donald Warner and Dr. Kevin Guze provide restorations such as tooth-colored fillings and porcelain crowns to repair and strengthen cracked, decayed enamel. Root canal therapy removes infected nerves and connective tissue from deep inside an ailing tooth, sealing and protecting it for additional years of service. However, sometimes tooth extraction in Whindham is unavoidable. Learn the process, the reasons behind it and the aftercare for this treatment.
It’s Important to Keep Your Teeth
Dentists in Windham prefer to restore injured, decayed, infected or otherwise failing teeth rather than extracting them. Missing teeth and their related smile gaps impact how well people bite, chew and speak. The bigger the smile gap, the greater the facial changes are (premature wrinkling and skin sagging). If your dentist in Windham does not replace missing teeth with dental implants or traditional crown and bridge, remaining teeth drift, weakening and losing proper alignment.
Reasons For Tooth Extraction
Your dentist will extract a tooth only as a last resort. But if he does, there are good reasons for it, including:
- Extensive decay and infection
- Overcrowding of baby and adult teeth
- Gum disease (periodontitis) and deterioration of gums and bone
- Loose teeth
- Impaction of wisdom teeth below the gum line
- Immune system insufficiency due to cancer therapy or disease
- Orthodontic treatment (make room for erupting teeth)
- Teeth in the path of radiation treatments
- Tooth or root fracture
The process of tooth extraction is straightforward, typically needing nothing more than local anesthesia (pain shot). Sutures usually close the extraction site.
When You Go Home
After the dentist extracts a tooth, he places the sutures to close the gums and asks the patient to bite on sterile gauze to stop bleeding. At home, ibuprofen as needed controls pain, and the patient should eat a soft diet for a few days (starting with clear soups and other liquids and advancing to yogurt, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and the like as tolerated). Do not eat harder foods such as nuts or chips for at least seven days. Avoid drinking with a straw as the suction can disrupt the clot forming in the empty socket. Refrain from smoking for two to three days as well.
To avoid infection, rinse with warm salt water several times a day for a few days. Additionally, take antibiotics if the doctor prescribes them. Return to Lifetime Dental Health for follow-up as needed or if the dentist used sutures requiring removal.
If you have a worrisome tooth, don’t put off getting it look at by the professional team at LIfetime Dental Health. Feel better and start smiling again. Contact the office in Windham for an appointment.
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