There are a number of reasons that Dr. Thomas and his team may recommend a tooth extraction. If your tooth is badly decayed, overcrowded, or has a large infection, Dr. Thomas may have to remove it. However, there is nothing to worry about. Actually, removing your tooth can prevent further decay, infection, and bone loss. Here is the basic information you should know about extractions before your visit.
How Will My Tooth Be Extracted?
The first step to an extraction is the consultation. During this visit, Dr. Thomas and his team will ask you about your medical and oral history. Next, they will take x-rays to look at the area below the tooth. If the tooth is hard-to-reach, Dr. Thomas may refer you to an oral surgeon to do the extraction. In the next visit, Dr. Thomas will perform the extraction. First, he will put a local numbing agent around your tooth and then he will remove the tooth. After some extractions, Dr. Thomas will put a stitch to close the area. Often times, patients receive bridges or dental implants to replace their missing tooth.
How Do I Care For My Oral Health After An Extraction?
Aftercare of an extraction is important to healing. The way you care for your gums and the area after the extraction can determine how well it will heal. After your extraction, Dr. Thomas will put gauze around the area to stop the bleeding. If at any time it starts to bleed, add more gauze to control the bleeding. If the gauze doesn’t work right away, bite on a tea bag. This emits tannic acid which helps the area clot. Next, reduce the swelling of the area by putting an ice pack on it. If you are experiencing pain, take an over-the-counter medication such as Advil. Dr. Thomas may prescribe you a pain-killer if the pain continues. Lastly, remember to get plenty of rest to let the extraction completely heal.
After the area heals completely, follow your oral health routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes each and flossing once a day. Visit Dr. Thomas in Granbury, Texas every six months for regular visits to monitor your oral health and clean your teeth.
After An Extraction, What Are My Options?
From dentures to bridges to dental implants, there are many ways you can fill the new gap in your smile. Many people opt for dental implants, which have been named one of the best innovations of the 21st century in dentistry. Dental implants look, feel, and function like the rest of your natural teeth. However, if you are looking for a less invasive option, you may opt for a denture or bridge. If you have more than one missing tooth, Dr. Thomas may recommend a full or partial denture. Although, if you have only one missing tooth, Dr. Thomas may use a bridge which fills the gap by securing the prosthetic tooth to the surrounding teeth. Whichever option you choose, Dr. Thomas and his team will help you along the way to restore the function and look of your smile.
You deserve the smile of your dreams!
Getting an extraction can be a big decision; however, it may be necessary to maintain the health of your smile. For more information about dental procedures or to plan your next visit, call our office at (817)-579-0095, today!