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The Facts on Tooth Extraction

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Tooth extraction is a dental procedure where a tooth that’s causing pain and problems gets removed from its place in the bone. While many people need the procedure, few know much about it. To learn the truth about tooth extraction, chew over this helpful guide.

There are a couple of different reasons why your dentist in Abington might prescribe this procedure. The most common is when a tooth is impacted, which stops it from growing in normally. This is often why many dentists recommend wisdom teeth removal. Another is the need to make room in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. And one more is when teeth are badly damaged and impossible to repair.

How do know if you need a tooth extraction? A simple dental exam will show signs of possible problems. If your dentist suggests a tooth extraction, have the procedure as soon as you can. Postponing the extraction can cause pain, infection and misalignment. And if impacted wisdom teeth are the trouble, the only way to avoid discomfort is wisdom teeth removal.

Next, your dentist will X-ray the area to determine the treatment and dental care you need. You’ll also be asked for your dental and medical history, along with a list of medications and allergies, to avoid any complications.

If the tooth is completely exposed, then your dentist in Abington will perform the procedure with a local anesthesia. But if the tooth has broken or not fully emerged, you’ll be referred to an oral surgeon for a surgical extraction with a much stronger anesthesia. If you need to be given this deep anesthesia, carefully follow the surgeon’s dental care instructions about eating and drinking before surgery. And arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Once the tooth extraction is over, expect to experience some swelling and pain. This swelling is completely normal and actually part of the healing process, but you can reduce it by placing ice packs on top of the swollen areas. If your jaw is stiff once the swelling subsides, use warm compresses to relieve the soreness.

Be aware that a surgical tooth extraction is more painful than a simple extraction. After all, there was much more involved in removing the tooth. You may be given pain medication for the few days after treatment, but the pain should diminish very soon after.

In the first few days after the tooth extraction, you’ll need to be careful with how you treat the wound. Choose softer foods that are easy to chew and add firmer foods as you feel more comfortable. And don’t smoke or use a straw. When brushing your teeth, be extremely gentle near the area of extraction. Also, avoid strenuous exercise for a week after surgery to allow for proper healing.

Initial healing takes up to two weeks, but it typically takes three to six months for the bone and soft tissue to be fully restructured. And throughout the recovery process, be sure to follow your dentist’s dental care directions to avoid any complications that can interfere with your healing and health.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Abington, call Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS today at (215) 310-5826 or make an appointment.

Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Abington. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Finkelman & Machlus, DDS.

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