What is a Tooth Extraction?
Natural teeth are needed to help you chew, maintain mouth and jawbone structure, speech, and to have a beautiful smile. However, too many teeth can lead to overcrowding, which causes pain, infection, and shifts your other teeth. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the services we provide in our Riverton dental office.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Why is it necessary to remove wisdom teeth? This particular set of teeth can become impacted and come through the gums at an unnatural angle, causing pain. When the teeth come in unevenly or partially, they become hard to clean, and are a breeding ground for infection, swelling and pain. None of these things are good, which is why wisdom teeth extraction is such a common procedure. Depending on the unique case of the patient, we can extract just a single tooth or all four wisdom teeth. We make sure that all of our patients are comfortable during the procedure to ensure that your visit goes as smoothly and calmly as possible.
After Care Tooth Extraction Instructions
It’s important that you follow all the instructions given to you by our dentists following your surgery to insure that you heal properly and quickly. We have performed this surgery many times and will be happy to help you through the process and answer any and all questions you may have about the procedure. Here are some of the basic things you need to do following an extraction:
• Fold a clean piece of gauze and place it in the area where the tooth was extracted. Dampen the pad with water and keep it there for an hour or two following the extraction. Maintain pressure on the area for 30 minutes or so until the pad is soaked in blood and needs to be replaced. You can usually expect bleeding to subside in about two hours after the procedure and you will not need to use additional gauze.
• Do not suck through a straw and avoid eating hard foods that could cause food to become lodged in the extraction site.
• Rinse your mouth with warm salt water multiple times per day to help the extraction site heal. Do not rinse vigorously as it could cause the clot to loosen and can cause delayed healing.
If you experience intense pain, swelling, or additional bleeding 72 hours after the surgery, call Riverton dental immediately.