In most cases, a tooth can be saved if it is damaged or suffered from a trauma but sometimes it’s beyond repair and trying to save it will only make things worse for your teeth and gums. How to decide whether you need a tooth extraction or not? The Dentists at Creative Smiles are here to help you out:
Reasons That Can Lead To Tooth Extraction
Permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime but it’s not true in a lot of cases. There can be many reasons for this, here are a few:
- Trauma to the Teeth: If you’ve suffered from a trauma to your teeth, and restorations can’t fix them it’s best to get them removed.
- Excessive Decay: In most cases, antibiotics and a root canal treatment can fix the decay but if the infection has reached the pulp of the tooth then it will have to be removed before your nerves get damaged.
- A Crowded Mouth: If there is no space for your permanent tooth to grow in the mouth, then it may be suggested to take out a tooth or two. Also, if you have misaligned teeth then tooth extraction may be suggested to fix it.
- Risk of Infection: If your immune system is compromised, the risk of an infection may be reason enough to extract the tooth.
- Periodontal Disease: If you are suffering from a periodontal disease i.e. an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth then you may need to get your teeth extracted.
What To Do Before your Tooth Extraction
Even though tooth extraction is a fairly safe procedure, there are some things you need to take care of before you go ahead with the extraction. The procedure can allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream, or cause gum tissue infection. Let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have one of the following:
- Damaged or man-made heart valves
- Congenital heart defect
- Impaired immune system
- Liver disease (cirrhosis)
- History of bacterial endocarditis
Post Treatment Care
Here’s some tips to take care of your mouth after the tooth extraction is performed:
- Take painkillers as prescribed.
- Leave the initial gauze pad in place until about three to four hours after the procedure.
- Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately following the procedure, but only for 10 minutes at a time. Leaving ice packs on for too long can result in tissue damage.
- Rest for 24 hours following the operation and limit your activity for the next couple of days.
- To avoid dislodging the blood clot, don’t rinse, spit, or use a straw for 24 hours after the procedure.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a salt solution.
- Avoid smoking.
- Continue brushing and flossing your teeth to prevent infection, though avoid the extraction site.
We have an experienced team of professionals at the multi-speciality Dental Health Care Center – Creative Smiles with Dr. Veejay Deshpandey, Dental Surgeon and Implantologist and an innovator in the field of Implant Dentistry heading the team. At Creative Smiles, we offer the most advanced dental services at very affordable prices.
Creative Smiles, in Thane, Mumbai can bring the sparkle back to your smile and help you attain a smile you’ll be proud to show off. To learn more, contact us to schedule your no-obligation consultation today.