Orange City & Deltona, FL
At Terry Soule, DDS, we make every effort to save each of your permanent teeth. However, certain treatment situations dictate that a tooth needs to be removed. When these cases occur, Dr. Soule and his team of oral health professionals can perform a tooth extraction in Orange City.
What are the common reasons a tooth may need to be extracted?
- Damage to the tooth’s nerve due to an injury
- Large cavity or tooth decay beyond the point of repair
- The deterioration of the supporting jawbone, usually due to gum disease or because of other permanent teeth that already have been lost
- An infection, especially one that develops into an abscess, that is not a candidate for root canal therapy
However, possible extractions are assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you think that you need a tooth extracted in Orange City, or are looking for an emergency dentist in Deltona that extracts teeth, contact Terry Soule, DDS.
One of the most common types of extractions entails the removal of wisdom teeth. Also known as third molars, these teeth often emerge when a person is between 17 and 25 years old. Often, by the time wisdom teeth start to erupt, there is not proper room in the mouth. Consequently, wisdom teeth crowd the existing permanent teeth, exerting extreme amounts of additional force and potentially causing a misaligned bite or jaw dysfunction, up to and including temporomandibular joint disorder.
According to the National Institutes of Health, 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year in the United States. Removing wisdom teeth classifies as a surgical extraction, which refers to any procedure where you have to make incisions into the supporting bone structure to extract the tooth. In fact, having a tooth extracted surgically is the most common type of surgical procedure performed in this country.
What can you expect after an extraction?
Any patient who has an extraction is going to experience some degree of discomfort and tenderness, especially the day of the procedure. You may take over-the-counter pain relievers to curb any discomfort you experience.
Also, follow this guide to help make your healing process go as smooth as possible:
- Bite down on gauze (provided by the dentist) for at least the first 3-4 hours
- Apply an ice pack to the affected area for 10 minutes at a time to help with any swelling
- Limit your activity for the first 24-48 hours (no bending or heavy lifting)
- Avoid rinsing or spitting for the first day, or you could risk dislodging the blood clot
- Do not drink from a straw for the first couple of days either
- Avoid smoking, it slows down the healing process
- Eat a diet of soft foods for the first few days, avoid spicy foods
- Keep your head propped up on a pillow when lying down
Oral hygiene is a must after any type of tooth extraction. You can begin rinsing gently with warm salt water beginning the day after an extraction. This helps keep particles of food from becoming lodged inside the extraction site, potentially causing infection or dry socket. Brush your other remaining teeth as you normally would, taking care not to brush directly over the extraction site.
If you experience any complications, be sure to contact the dentist right away.
Signs of complications include:
- Fever or chills
- Nausea or vomiting
- Redness, swelling, or drainage (other than blood) from the extraction site
- Unusual coughing, shortness of breath, or chest pain
Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, is an emergency dentist in Orange City, and can be reached by calling (386) 775-1552.
Extractions in Orange City
Having a tooth removed can be stressful. You want to choose an experienced and highly-trained dentist to make the experience as comfortable and convenient as possible. Extractions are one of the specialties of Terry Soule, DDS. To find out about current tooth extraction promotions, just contact our office.
Terry Soule, DDS, is here to serve patients in the areas of DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City, Florida.