There are many different reasons why a person may have a tooth extracted: from getting rid of a baby tooth to make space for an adult tooth, to needing to for orthodontics, because it has been cracked or has decayed . . . the list is almost endless. Many people underestimate having a tooth out because of its size, but it is actually a relatively large dental procedure, and the more care and attention that you give your teeth as part of the aftercare process will hugely define how well and how quickly you recover. You want to ensure that you can reduce the risk of infection, and so listening to what your dentist says that you should do after the procedure is very important. Most of the time, they will ask you to follow these rules:
- Bite down on the gauze that they give you, even if it hurts a little, even if it is uncomfortable. It is there to prevent even greater pain and discomfort. If you start to bleed again, then you will need to get a new piece of gauze to apply until the bleeding stops.
- Sit up as much as you can, and do not do any intense movement for a few days. That includes sport, but also smaller things like running for the bus, and rushing to a meeting.
- Rinse out your mouth with warm salt water every hour, on the hour, for two full days after the surgery. This will keep the area clean and sterilised – do not use mouthwash, as this will damage the wound area.
Eat soft foods and brush but brush gently. Keeping hydrated is the key if you have lost a lot of blood, and you should be patient when you wait for the healing process to finish. For some people, it can take up to a week.
The treatment for a dental implant does not stop after the dentist has placed it into your mouth; you will need to ensure that you are looking after it for many months to come after the actual surgery. This is because your mouth is going to have to get used to a new thing, and you have to keep any hint of infection or bacteria away from it. Neglecting your new dental implant is a huge mistake, and one that could be very costly for you – both in terms of health, and financially. Thankfully there are some very simple things that you can do to ensure that you keep your new dental implant healthy after surgery:
- Do not disturb the area for at least three days, so try not to touch your mouth, spit, or rinse out your mouth with mouthwash for at least three days. Easier said than done!
- You will be given some antibiotics by your dentist – use them! Even if you do not feel as though you need to, they are a preventative measure and should definitely be taken.
- You will notice bleeding for a few days afterwards, and you shouldn’t panic unless it becomes a proper stream. Just bite down on some gauze until the bleeding stops.
- Yes, it is going to hurt. You can take any over the counter medicine to take away the pain, and it gets worse or does not disappear after a few days, then talk to your dentist.
- Soft foods are going to be your friend for at least a week, so focus on keeping hydrated and you will eventually be able to eat more solid foods again.
- Swelling and a little discomfort is to be expected – but if it does not go down after a few days, then try using moist heat to lessen it, and do not do any exercise.
If you think that you are having a dental emergency, the most important thing to do is remain calm. You will be much better able to make a good decision if you are staying calm. Chances are, if you think that you need to see a dentist, you need to see a dentist – and as it is always better safe than sorry, we would recommend that you either go to the ER or ring an emergency dentist and book an immediate appointment. This includes lingering and excruciating toothaches as they can often be smaller symptoms of a deeper problem. If it has continued for longer than three days, then it is best to chat to an emergency dentist about it. After all, they could say that it’s nothing, in which case you haven’t lost anything – or they could find something that needs immediate treatment.
For those of you who chip their teeth but do not experience any pain, that is more than enough of a reason to go and see your dentist. Pain is not always the only symptom that you need to experience in order to see a dentist, and when you have chipped a tooth it is all too easy to get dirt and bacteria into the tooth itself, damaging it from the inside out. It may even be possible at an early stage to have the chip replaced or cosmetically improved, so the sooner that you go and see a dentist, the better. The same thing goes for a broken or cracked tooth; it may not feel like an emergency to you, but the sooner that you can ensure that there is not a deeper problem, the better.
Whether a tooth is loose or fallen out, cracked or chipped, or you just feel as though something is not right – it is always better go to a dentist and hear that nothing is wrong than wait it out and then face real problems.
Sometimes a tooth is just too diseased, chipped, or damaged to be saved. This is a difficult decision for any dentist to make and they will not make it lightly, and when they do they will talk you through the extraction process. In many cases, you will see a dramatic improvement in the health of your mouth and your overall health once the damaged tooth is removed. It may sound a little scary, having a tooth out, but actually the whole process is very quick and almost completely pain free – something that not every dental treatment can boast!
Firstly, your dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth to fully understand the complete damage and any potential consequences to other teeth that taking that one out will create. They will choose an extraction method that best fits you, and then they will apply an anaesthetic to completely remove any feeling or pain. In fact, all you will feel is pressure. No matter how long it takes to get the tooth out – and in the majority of cases, it takes less than a few minutes – you will not be in any pain. When the tooth is out, your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite down on, and that will help to stop the bleeding and start the healing process. If the socket where the tooth was is a very large one, then the dentist may put in a few sutures to help to aid the healing.
And before you know it, the whole thing is over! You will probably be surprised at how quickly the entire process goes by, and you will quickly be able to feel the benefits. It will take a little getting used to, having a gap where a tooth used to be, but soon you will not even notice it.
There are of course, may wonderful options to replace the extracted tooth.. to explore those, please give us a call at (619) 359-6569.
When your teeth need a particular dental restoration treatment such as an implant or a bridge, there needs to be a certain amount of bone required for this to be successful. In cases where that amount of bone simply does not exist, your dentist will discuss with you the possibility of a bone graft procedure, which will help the restoration treatment to be successful. Although there are many reasons why a person may not have sufficient bone – gum disease, a previous tooth extraction, a sports injury, an infection – there is only one treatment option, and that is a bone graft. This is often a very successful treatment, and it will naturally lead to the success of the primary treatment plan. So what are the side effects of a successful bone graft?
Firstly, you will experience greater jaw stabilization. This means that your jaw will be stronger, and better supported in the areas where it was previously weak, helping you to do basic things like chew meat and bite down on an apple much easier. Secondly, you will experience greater preservation. With more bone in the jaw you are much less likely to lose teeth in the future, and it will help to keep the teeth that are healthy in place.
Your dentist will examine you to see whether you are a good fit for receiving a bone graft, and any nearby problems such as infection or gum disease will need to be treated and healed before you take the bone graft any further. Once the bone graft treatment is over, you will be given special medicine that you will need to take to reduce the swelling and discomfort, and it will also fight infection too. Before you know it, you can have your dental restoration treatment and leave your dentist with a perfectly healthy and beautiful looking set of teeth.