Tooth Extractions in Colorado Springs
Decay and damage can ruin an otherwise healthy smile. With the amount of sugar and sweets in our diets and inadequate daily oral hygiene habits, it’s no wonder tooth extractions are often needed. While decay is the most common reason for tooth extractions, it is far from the only reason. There are many reasons why a tooth extraction is sometimes the best solution.
Why are tooth extractions sometimes necessary?
There are several reasons tooth extractions become necessary. One of the most common reasons is dental decay. Yet, there are many other reasons for tooth extractions, such as:
- Radiation or chemotherapy related tooth infection;
- Tooth infection risk before organ transplant;
- Severe tooth damage;
- Dental prosthesis or orthodontic hardware;
- Extra (supernumerary) teeth; or,
- Tooth abscess.
What causes dental decay?
Mouth bacteria can cause dental decay. Each time we brush and floss our teeth, we wash away our mouth bacteria. Yet, life is always interrupting our best efforts. We have a lot of things to do, places to go, and people to see. Sometimes things like our oral hygiene gets forgotten or placed on the back burner.
With so much to do, ensuring that we brush our teeth for the full two minutes twice daily seems so trivial. As a result, sometimes we opt out of it thinking “I’ll just chew a piece of gum or a mint for now,” and therein lies the problem.
Why is dental decay a problem?
With nothing to wash the bacteria away, they can now begin colonizing in your mouth, affecting all surfaces. If left to their own devices, mouth bacteria will feed off of the remnants of food and sugars left behind. It won’t take long before they eat away at your tooth enamel and create a cavity. The problem is we often don’t notice the initial signs of cavity. If you don’t see a dentist for regular visits, cavities could go unchecked until it is too late.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
During tooth extraction, Dr. Moore will numb the area and make you as comfortable as possible. At Stetson Hills Dental, your comfort is important to us. He may use sedation dentistry, depending on your needs and the situation. Once the dentist removes your tooth, you may need stitches.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After the procedure, your mouth may be numb for a while, but this will wear off. Once it does, it is normal to have some temporary swelling and discomfort during the first few days. Many patients find relief with over-the-counter pain medication and intermittent use of a cold pack. Soft foods during the first few days will also help, as will chewing on the opposite side from the extraction, if that is possible.
After the first 24 hours, you can rinse your mouth with salt water. Yet, do not suck or pull the liquid too hard. Doing so could dislodge the protective blood clot over the empty tooth socket.
Do not poke or prod at the tooth socket with your tongue, finger, or anything else. Avoid smoking and using straws, or anything that requires sucking.
Why can’t I use a straw or smoke?
Using a straw and smoking requires a sucking motion. Sucking changes the pressure in your mouth which puts you at risk of dislodging the blood clot from the empty socket. The blood clot is in place to keep the socket moist and to protect it while it begins to heal.
Without this, the socket can dry out and become inflamed. This leads to a painful condition called ‘dry socket’. The blood clot in the tooth socket is supposed to naturally dissolve on its own as the socket heals. Dr. Moore will talk to you about how long to wait to avoid a ‘dry socket’ problem.
Where can I get a tooth extraction in Colorado Springs, CO?
Getting teeth extracted can seem intimidating. That’s why finding the right dentist is important. Stetson Hills Dental can help. If you think you may need a tooth extraction, come see Dr. Moore for an exam. Give us a call today at (719) 694-0400 to schedule your appointment.