ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL
Getting a tooth pulled is one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. According to the Centers for Disease Control, many adults ages 20- to 64-years-old have at least one or more missing teeth. While extractions may be common, it doesn’t make going through the procedure a cakewalk. Instead, a general dentist in Orange City, Dr. Terry Soule, wants to share with you five factors to know before getting an extraction.
Sometimes, getting an extraction is the best choice
While Dr. Soule may recommend treatment to save a damaged or infected tooth, the decision is ultimately up to you. If you decide that you are not willing to undergo treatment, then an extraction may be your best bet. However, there are some cases where there aren’t options to repair a tooth, and the best choice is an extraction. Always be sure to ask your dentist, however, if you have any other options to save your tooth because once it’s gone, there is no turning back!
Extractions are usually simple, but sometimes complicated
Extracting fully erupted teeth are fairly straight forward, but impacted teeth or teeth that haven’t erupted could be complicated to remove. Not impossible, just complicated. Dr. Soule will have x-rayed the tooth and already have a plan in place for removing it. And, our dental care team will utilize every means available to ensure you remain comfortable throughout your treatment.
Know what to expect prior to your extraction
If you haven’t had an extraction before, it’s essential to know what to expect. We generally begin by taking an x-ray of your tooth, which serves as confirmation that the tooth is damaged. We also review your dental health and overall health history to make any necessary accommodations to ensure your safety. Such aspects of your health that we would need to know about would be any heart conditions, liver disease, or impaired immune response that could complicate your healing processes. Also, certain medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins could complicate your procedure. Therefore, please disclose your medication list to us before receiving treatment. As we move forward toward the extraction, we begin by making sure that your mouth is numb. Once the tooth is removed, we will provide you with instructions on how to care for the extraction site at home.
Know what to do after your extraction
It is advised that you leave cotton in place over the extraction site for at least the first few hours. Bleeding should be minimal, and should stop within about 24 hours following your extraction. If it does not contact our office immediately. We recommend that you avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as this creates pressure in the mouth that could dislodge the blood clot and cause a dry socket. Ideally, stick to a diet of soft foods for the first week, and take care not to chew hard foods on the side of your extraction until the site fully heals. If you make it through the first week following an extraction and experience no problems, then you should be in the clear!
Understand your tooth replacement options
When it comes to getting a tooth extracted, your best bet is going to be replacing that tooth to prevent further damage to your oral health. Otherwise, the jawbone recedes, causing teeth to shift or drift, or even become loose to the point that additional teeth require extraction. At Terry Soule, DDS, we offer partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants as means of replacing your missing teeth. It would help if you chose your tooth replacement option based on the long-term needs of your oral health.
Emergency Dentist in DeBary, Deltona, and Orange City
If you are looking for a dentist that extracts teeth in Orange City, or need an emergency dentist in DeBary, Dr. Soule is here to serve your oral health needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, call (386) 775-1552.