Extractions in Yuma, AZ
Getting a tooth pulled is never a fun thought. We all want to keep our teeth healthy, beautiful, and in our mouth. Sometimes, though, a tooth requires extraction. Damage from trauma to the mouth, untreated decay or gum disease, and teeth that don't quite fit your jaw (including wisdom teeth) may all lead to a necessary tooth extraction.
Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Pulled?
Most of us will need wisdom tooth extractions at some point. Wisdom teeth frequently become impacted, meaning they never completely break through the gums. Impacted wisdom teeth can be very painful. Wisdom teeth also have a tendency to grow in at odd angles or only partially erupt, leaving you with swollen and sore gums at the site of the partially erupted tooth.
Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to serious health problems such as damage to other teeth or your jawbone, cysts, and infection if they are not extracted. Even if the teeth are not impacted, we frequently recommend wisdom tooth extraction for patients in their late teens and early twenties because the roots have not yet fully developed and the extraction is usually simpler and heals quickly. Removing the wisdom teeth now can prevent future problems and pain.
What to Expect From a Tooth Extraction
If you are having a tooth extracted, we will first numb the area so you will feel no pain during the procedure. Yuma dentist Dr. Carroll will make an incision in the gums if the tooth is impacted to gain access to the tooth. If there is any bone material over the tooth, this is also removed. The tooth is then loosened to make extraction easier.
Once the tooth has been removed, you may require stitches. Our staff will instruct you in how to care for the stitches and whether you will need to return to have them removed. Some stitches are made of a special material that will dissolve on its own over time.
For the first few hours after an extraction, you will need to keep gauze on the area, changing it as needed. Once the extraction site stops bleeding, the gauze is no longer necessary. If your extraction site is still bleeding after more than 24 hours, call our Yuma dental office for a follow-up appointment.
You will most likely be given a prescription for pain medication. We recommend you begin taking this medication before the anesthetic wears off as it is easier to prevent pain than to treat it. Periodic ice pack treatments on the day of the extraction will also help reduce discomfort and minimize swelling.
After the first day, you should (gently!) rinse your mouth several times a day with a warm saltwater rinse. This is helpful both in minimizing discomfort and keeping the extraction site disinfected. Do not smoke or use a straw for a few days after your extraction. Avoid anything that creates suction in your mouth as this can dislodge the blood clot and lead to dry socket, which is extremely painful. Plan to eat soft foods for the first few days.
And of course, if you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us!
Call Today to Schedule an Appointment
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, including wisdom tooth extractions, please call our office and schedule an appointment today!