Tooth Extractions: Tips And Advice To Help With The Process
At Geoffry E. Hallstead, DMD, we try every treatment we can to save your natural teeth, but unfortunately, it is not always possible, and a tooth may need to be extracted. Some patients, such as those going through chemotherapy or preparing for an organ transplant, may need an extraction to optimize their oral health for a successful medical treatment. Our younger patients may need to have one or more teeth removed before starting orthodontic treatment or to help the adult teeth emerge properly. Sometimes, we recommend extracting severely decayed teeth that are beginning to affect the surrounding teeth and gums. No matter the reason for the extraction, we are here to help you every step of the way.
Care Following an Extraction
We provide very specific directions to follow after a tooth is extracted, and it is imperative to follow these instructions to eliminate the possibility of severe complications that could delay the recovery process. While we provide specific directions based on each case, we can share that it is wise to follow cues from your body, as each patient will recover in a different way. Following an extraction, we recommend that each patient take ample time to recover. Rest for at least 24 hours and refrain from strenuous activities for a few days. We also recommend that patients eat a diet of soft foods such as soup, yogurt, eggs and pasta.
Choose a Tooth Replacement Option
It is extremely important to choose a tooth replacement option as soon as possible. This would not apply if you are having your wisdom teeth removed or if a child is having a tooth removed for orthodontic purposes. It does not take long for the surrounding teeth to shift when there is an open space in your mouth. If your teeth begin to shift before a replacement tooth is placed, it can cause additional problems. Teeth that are not replaced eventually cause complications with the jawbone. The jawbone needs stimulation from the tooth root, and when that stimulation is absent, the bone can begin to decay.
Many patients can avoid a tooth extraction by remaining diligent with dental hygiene visits. If you have not recently been to see us for a hygiene visit and dental exam, please contact our office located in Canandaigua, NY to schedule your next appointment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you with anything you need!