You may need a tooth extraction for several reasons, and Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh will thoroughly explain all scenarios and tooth extraction options to you. Sometimes a tooth becomes severely decayed and cannot be saved with a root canal or dental crown. Extremely decayed teeth will become more painful and spread the infection to other areas, so your Redwood City dentist must extract them. A tooth may have a severe crack that will inevitably lead to decay, so you are faced with the decision of extracting the tooth now or later when it becomes more painful and the infection more widespread. Redwood City dentist, Dr. Helen Trinh also extracts teeth that are poorly positioned and slowly shoving or twisting the rest of your teeth out of alignment. Many wisdom teeth are extracted for this reason, especially if you are preparing for orthodontic treatment at KARE dental.
Experienced Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh understands the potential problems resulting from a tooth extraction. With the sudden void in your mouth, the underlying bone and gum tissue can recede, neighboring teeth can shift, and your entire bite can change and cause chewing and TMJ (jaw joint) pain. Luckily, Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh is educated in more than merely a tooth extraction. At KARE dental, we will discuss the tooth extraction and any follow-up care options, to ensure you remain comfortable and smiling.
The Tooth Extraction Process
At your tooth extraction appointment, Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh will gently numb your tooth and surrounding gums and jaw bone. If your tooth is firmly anchored into the bone, your Redwood City dentist may cut the tooth into sections and carefully remove it piece by piece. Normally, your tooth can be extracted at KARE dental in as a whole unit. In this case, you will pressure as the tooth is rocked to widen the socket. Don’t worry; you shouldn’t feel any feel pain, because experienced Redwood City dentist Dr. Helen Trinh uses a local anesthetic to completely numb the surrounding nerves and block the transference of pain.
Healing After Teeth Extractions
Healing after a tooth extraction is simple and easy as your Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh attends to it. Patients may feel concerned about the hole that’s left behind in their gums after an extraction, but, most patients of Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh forget about the tooth extraction hole after one or two weeks, as they feel no discomfort, and the gum tissue becomes uniform.
Some bleeding may occur after a tooth extraction. Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh recommends placing a piece of moist gauze over the empty tooth socket and biting down firmly for thirty minutes. This usually controls the bleeding. If post-tooth extraction bleeding persists, please contact KARE dental.
Blood Clots That Form In the Empty Socket
Blood clots are important for the tooth extraction healing process. You do not want to disturb or dislodge a blood clot in your empty tooth socket. To encourage the formation and spread of blood clots, Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh recommends that for 24 hours after tooth extraction, you avoid rinsing, spitting, smoking, drinking hot liquids, and using a straw or toothpick.
Eating After Your Tooth Extraction
Your Redwood City dentist would advise patients not to aggravate the extraction site or dislodge the blood clot. Dr. Trinh recommends you chew your food on the opposite side of your mouth for a few days, and perhaps (depending on the type and complexity of tooth extraction) maintain a liquid diet for the first 24 hours. Patients are also recommended to restrain from hot food, tobacco, and others.
Brushing & Cleaning After Your Tooth Extraction
After your tooth has been extracted at KARE dental, avoid brushing the neighboring teeth near the extraction site for a full day. Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh recommends you avoid commercial mouthwash or rinses, which will infiltrate and irritate the tooth extraction site. Beginning 24 hours after your tooth extraction as KARE dental, you should start rinsing with salt water (one teaspoon salt in a cup of warm water) after meals and before bed. Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh will determine the length of your post-extraction care, which will depend on the number of teeth extracted, their location, and the complexity of each tooth extraction.
It is normal to experience swelling after a tooth extraction. Your Redwood City dentist advises to place an ice pack on your cheeks that’s near to the site of extraction. If swelling persists, or if you are in pain after your tooth extraction, contact Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh.
Dry sockets tend to delay the post-extraction healing process. It’s nothing but a common situation where the required amount of blood clot fails to form around the gums after an extraction. Experienced Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh does everything possible to reduce your chances of contracting dry socket. Our tooth extraction surgical methods are advanced, and we provide you with clear and helpful postoperative instructions.
Learn more about oral surgery services when you visit KARE dental. Call Redwood City dentist, Dr. Trinh at (650) 260-2600 to schedule a consultation today!