What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from the mouth. The procedure may need to be done for a number of reasons. Sometimes before getting braces, a tooth needs to be removed in order for the teeth to have enough room to move into their proper location and order for a straight smile. In other cases, a tooth may need to be removed because it has decayed or has become loose due to gum disease. Removing it is the first step in stopping the pain and infection and must be done before receiving a dental implant, bridge or dentures. Whatever the reason, the caring and professional staff at Southern Dental Care will perform the Marrero tooth extraction in a gentle, careful manner, allowing your mouth to heal and preparing it for future dental work.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
Your dentist will first numb your mouth using either a local or general anesthetic. A local anesthetic is normally used when just one tooth needs to be extracted. If more than one tooth needs to be removed, a general anesthetic that causes the patient to “go to sleep” will be used under careful observation. Next, the tooth will carefully be removed by the dentist. Afterward, stitches may be used to close up the space in the gums that was left when the tooth was removed. A gauze pad will be placed in your mouth, and you will be instructed to gently apply pressure to it in order to stop the bleeding.
How Do I Care for My Mouth After an Extraction?
Recovery after a tooth extraction normally takes several days. Your dentist will advise you on what painkillers to take to lessen the pain. A cold pack can be used on the outside of the mouth immediately afterward to decrease the swelling. After 24 hours, you can gently swish with warm salt water that can be made by mixing one teaspoon of table salt with eight ounces of warm water. This should be done several times a day in order to reduce pain and swelling and decrease the risk of infection. Take it easy and rest your head at an incline after you return home to reduce the risk of bleeding. When you feel up to it, you can eat soft foods, such as soup, mashed potatoes, well-cooked vegetables and pudding. Avoid eating anything that is tough or chewy until your mouth has completely healed.
Call Us Today for More Information
If you need to have a Marrero tooth extraction, call the professional staff at Southern Dental Care today at 504-347-1014 or you can make an appointment by filling out the form to the right of this page.