When is An Extraction Needed?

By Elmer A. Villalon, DDS
August 06, 2018
Category: Dental Health
Tags: Tooth Extraction  

Tooth extractionDo you need a tooth extraction? Are your teeth crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma? If so, Dr. Elmer Villalon in Pueblo, CO, can help.

When would you need a tooth extraction?

There are a few reasons you may need a tooth extraction:

  • Overcrowding: All, most of, or some of your teeth are overcrowded causing issues in speech, or bite.
  • Damage: Any trauma from sports, or accidents, may cause severe trauma resulting in a tooth extraction.
  • Infection: Extreme tooth decay eroding teeth may infect your gums and other teeth if not dealt with.

What preventative measures should I take to avoid a tooth extraction being necessary?

To reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction from diseases, here are some preventative measures to follow:

  • Floss before bed and make sure you floss between each tooth and in hard to reach places like molars.
  • Stop bad or poor habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea.
  • Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to improve your chances of having healthy teeth.

More About Extraction

If trauma from a sport and/or overcrowded teeth are the reason you need a tooth extraction, then your doctor will need to do the following:

  • Examine the severity of the situation and schedule an appointment for the tooth extraction.
  • An anesthetics will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth.
  • Your doctor will extract whatever is left of the natural tooth.
  • They will stitch the extraction area and place gauze to stop bleeding, and help with blood clot formation.

How should you care for yourself after a tooth extraction?

  • Don't eat or drink for a few hours.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Pueblo doctor if you're suffering from severe pain, it may be a dry socket (blood hasn't clotted properly).
  • Don't use a straw and ice the tooth extraction area.
  • Use painkillers if needed and avoid smoking, or drinking alcoholic beverage after the procedure.

If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call your Pueblo, CO, dentist today.

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