If teeth are not properly aligned, or if a tooth cannot pass through the gums, it will have to be removed. Other reasons for tooth extractions include severe pain caused by an impacted tooth, infected teeth or gums, and overcrowded or crooked teeth. Dr. Carter Perkins is a Dunnellon, FL dentist that is passionate about patient care. Call Dr. Perkins for a tooth extraction at (352) 440-5827 or request an appointment online.
Tooth Extractions: What to Expect
Before undergoing a tooth extraction you should inform Dr. Perkins of your medical history. Ongoing health issues can lead to further health risks. Health issues including heart and liver disease and an impaired immune system may put you further risk.
We use general anesthetic is used to numb the area where the tooth needs to be removed. If you have an impacted tooth, the gum and bone tissue that covers the tooth will need to be cut. Forceps may be used to loosen the tooth for extraction. A blood clot forms in the socket where the tooth has been pulled and the bleeding socket is padded with gauze. Depending on the size of the wound, you may need stitches to the socket to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
You will experience some discomfort after the extraction. It may take a few days for you to recover. Dr. Perkins will provide you with aftercare instructions and prescribe painkillers to minimize your pain. Your rate of recovery depends on you following these tips:
- Eat soft foods only
- Rinse your mouth with salt and warm water solution 24 hours after treatment
- Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood
- Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours
- Apply ice to the affected area to help keep down the swelling
- Brush and floss your teeth but avoid the extraction area