DIY Tooth Extractions Are Never a Good Idea
Let the Experts at Ferdos Family Dental Handle It
At Ferdos Family Dental, our goal is to always save a tooth when possible. However, in certain cases, a tooth may be decayed or abscessed to the point that it would not be beneficial to save it. Examples of when a tooth needs to be extracted or “pulled” include:
- Extremely deep cavities
- Long standing and extensive tooth infection
- Root fracture
- Trauma to the tooth
- Severe gum disease
- Wisdom teeth
We understand that many people have anxiety when it comes to tooth extractions. We take all the necessary steps in order to be certain that your appointment is as pleasant and stress-free as possible! We also offer conscious I.V. sedation for extensive oral surgery or patients with severe anxiety.
WISDOM TEETH EXTRACTIONS
It is not always necessary to have your wisdom teeth removed if they are fully erupted and correctly positioned. However, in most people there simply is not enough room for wisdom teeth since our jaws do not grow large enough. Due to lack of space, wisdom teeth tend to get blocked from fully erupting into the mouth. This causes them to come in at an angle, partially emerging or to lie horizontally.
Problems caused by wisdom teeth include:
- Damage to the teeth next to them
- swelling of the face
- crowding of the teeth
Because of all the problems associated with wisdom teeth, dentist recommend removing wisdom teeth before they cause damage and to avoid a more complicated surgery.
WHAT TO DO AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Having a tooth removed is a surgical procedure and requires special care for proper healing. Proper care for an extraction is important in preventing “dry sockets” and to promote proper healing.
After an extraction:
- Keep firm pressure by biting on gauze as this helps the wound to stop bleeding
- DO NOT drink from a straw, swish your mouth or blow
- DO NOT spit
- DO NOT smoke at all
- Place ice packs on the outside of your cheeks
- Minimize strenuous activities
- No brushing for 2-3 days after surgery
- Stay elevated for the first 3 days
Ferdos Family Dental
The doctors and staff at Ferdos Family Dental are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care for our patients in a relaxed and comfortable environment. We treat each patient as if they are a family member and give you the special attention that you deserve. We understand that you may be apprehensive about having your tooth removed and that is why we take the time to be certain you are comfortable. We take great pride in the comfort of our patients and we will do everything possible to ensure your safety and well-being. We use the latest technology and best proven procedures to provide you with the best possible outcome at an affordable price.
If you think you may need a tooth removed, give us a call and schedule an appointment today!