At Bantry Dental, the aim is to save the tooth and prevent it from future infection. However in certain cases where a tooth may be too decayed or too loose to be saved, extraction may be necessary.
Reasons for a tooth extraction:
- Decay has reached deep into the tooth
- Infection has destroyed a large portion of the tooth or surrounding bone
- Advanced severe gum disease
- There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth
- To make room for teeth moved with orthodontic treatment
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed.
When your extraction is complete, your dentist will give you guidance on what to do at home. It is important that you closely follow the post-extraction aftercare instructions to promote a healthy recovery.
What To Expect After Surgery:
In most cases, the recovery period lasts a few days. The following will help speed recovery:
- Take painkillers as advised by your dentist.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
- Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood.
- Relax after treatment. Physical exercise may increase bleeding.
- Avoid smoking and alcohol for at least 24 hours.
- Eat soft foods. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses.
- Do not lie flat. This may prolong bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
- Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Continue to carefully brush your teeth and tongue.