Tooth Extractions in Greenville, NC
In some events it may be necessary to remove a tooth either for your comfort or to allow other healthy teeth to thrive. Extraction cases can involve wisdom teeth removal to a permanent tooth that simply can’t be repaired. In this event, its best to perform a tooth extraction.
Tooth Extractions are divided into two categories, simple extractions and surgical extractions. Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth and can be removed with local anesthesia. Surgical extractions are performed on teeth that are hidden or partially erupted. Dr. Smith may remove the tooth whole or cut it into tiny pieces depending on the case. These types of surgery are often performed under general anesthesia.
Reasons For Tooth Extraction:
- Irreparable decay
- Infected teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Extra teeth blocking other healthy teeth
Oral Care After a Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction is considered oral surgery, so you’ll have to be mindful of the extraction and pay close attention to the doctor’s post op orders. These orders help ensure a healthy healing process.
It is recommend you:
- Use an ice pack to minimize swelling. Apply 20 minutes on and off as much as possible for the first few days.
- Eat soft foods
- Drink plenty of water
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater a few times throughout the day. It will kill bacteria and help avoid infection
- Do not use a straw. The pressure can dislodge the clot and cause a dry socket
- Do not smoke for three days after surgery, this will cause a dry socket!