Looking for tooth extractions near Ponte Vedra FL? Often, a root canal is used to save a tooth from extraction. However, a tooth extraction is necessary for a number of reasons. Perhaps you are experiencing severe tooth decay, wisdom tooth pain, or tooth infections? Maybe you sustained a tooth injury? Or, perhaps, you need teeth removed for orthodontic treatment.
Regardless of the reason, many patients feel anxious about this dental care procedure. This is why Dr. Perry and his highly trained team are committed to putting you at ease. They ensure you feel as little discomfort as possible.
Should I get my Tooth Pulled
Yes, you should have your tooth pulled if the following applies to your circumstances:
- Server tooth decay-causing the bacteria to reach the pulp of the tooth which leads to infections.
- To avoid Periodontal disease which is an infection of the gums, periodontal ligaments, alveolar bone and other structures surrounding the teeth. This disease is gingivitis which is an infection of the gums. More severe periodontal disease affects the periodontal ligaments and the alveolar bone.
- Help lower the risk of infection and overcrowding, maybe your tooth is coming in and it is being blocked or for example, the area is becoming infected.
- Extraction of one or several teeth may be necessary to eliminate the overcrowding in the mouth. This is typically a patient who has to undergo orthodontic treatment and there is no room for the teeth to move and realign.
- If your tooth was damaged from walking into something or being involved in a particular accident that damaged the tooth for example.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
With their late introduction to our mouths often times we see that these teeth need to be removed to allow room for the other teeth in your mouth. Because of their late nature, many simply do not have the room in their mouths. These are also called your fourth set of molars. To help preserve your smile it is recommended that you get these wisdom teeth checked and removed if needed.
What to Expect Following Tooth Extractions
You’ll need special care immediately following an extraction surgery. This includes consistent pressure on the extraction site. There are a few things you can do at home to lessen your discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. Try the following to promote proper healing:
- In the first 24 hours following your tooth extraction, make use of the gauze you receive in the dental office. Bite down on it to maintain pressure on the surgical area until the bleeding lessens.
- When you arrive home, keep your head and neck elevated. Reduce your activity level as much as you are able. This helps lessen bleeding after tooth removal.
- After 48 hours, begin rinsing your mouth with warm saltwater. Do this every 1-2 hours. Do NOT use mouthwash during this time. Most contain alcohol and will cause irritation at your surgical extraction site.
- Oral hygiene is important. You’ll want to take extra care to keep your mouth clean after having a tooth pulled. Brush carefully around your surgical site. Avoid brushing your sutures.
- Eat carefully and stick to soft foods.
- It’s important to stay hydrated and drink lots of water. Do NOT use a straw while you are healing (approximately 5-7 days).
- Facial swelling is common. Place ice packs on your face near the extraction site as needed.
- Take your prescribed medications according to the directives you receive from Dr. Perry. If you have a reaction to the medication, such as itching or swelling, stop taking the medication. You should also visit the emergency room.
- Refrain from using tobacco products for at least three days. Smoking can lead to painful medical conditions like dry socket.
Once your initial healing period has passed, it will still take time before your extraction site is completely healed. Your sutures may take as little as three days to begin dissolving. Sometimes, it may take as many as 14 days. If your sutures are non-resorbable, Dr. Perry will schedule you for a follow-up appointment for suture removal.
It may take time to get used to the empty socket where your tooth used to be. In time, the socket will begin to fill in with new bone growth and tissue. It will become smoothed over.
Are We The Right Complete Dentistry For You
Dr. Perry and his highly trained staff offer a wide variety of oral health and dental services. This includes tooth extractions and post-extraction treatment plans. When you receive dental services here, we treat you like family.
Dr. Perry offers specialized, compassionate care in Ponte Vedra Beach FL. We are also proud to offer reduced fee service examinations to patients with concerns about affording treatment. This is an office policy that the patient will be made aware of if they qualify. Contact us today to learn more.