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If you are new to Sedalia and need a family dentist, you probably have some questions about our dental office and the care we provide.
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If your dentist recommends extracting a tooth, you may have mixed feelings. If you’ve been suffering from an achy, sensitive tooth or gums, you may feel relieved. But you also may have plenty of questions and concerns about the procedure. If you need a dental extraction in Sedalia, MO, it can help ease your worries if you know what to expect.
The Dental Extraction Process
Your dentist will take a thorough health history to ensure that you don’t have any underlying conditions that could affect your recovery.
At your dental extraction appointment, your dentist will numb the entire area using anesthesia. Once the extraction is complete, your dentist will pack gauze into the socket to ease bleeding and may use self-dissolving stitches, if necessary. Keep ice on the area for 10-minute intervals to reduce swelling.
After You Get Home
Your dentist will give you specific instructions following your dental extraction. In general, here’s what you can expect:
- Avoid chewing the day after the procedure and eat only soft foods like yogurt, pudding, soup, shakes, and applesauce. Then slowly reintroduce solid foods.
- Prop up your head with a pillow to reduce any bleeding.
When to Call Your Dentist
Some pain and sensitivity around the area are normal, but if you have any of these symptoms, call your dentist right away:
- Signs of infection, such as excessive discharge, swelling, or redness
- Nausea or vomiting
A tooth extraction means that your tooth will be completely pulled, all the way down to the root. Extraction is always a last resort treatment because even one missing tooth can cause instability with your healthy teeth. We never take tooth extraction lightly, but sometimes it is necessary to protect your oral health.
Some of the more common reasons for tooth extraction include the following:
- A tooth that is too far gone because it is damaged by decay, and a filling, crown, or other treatment cannot repair it
- A tooth that is broken near the gum line
- A tooth that is very loose because of bone loss, which cannot be fixed with a bone graft
- A baby tooth that never fell out and is potentially blocking the permanent tooth from coming in properly
- A failed root canal
- In preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Wisdom teeth—the third molars in the back of the mouth—that are causing problems
Rest assured that if you do need dental extractions, your Sedalia, MO dentist Dr. Jon Ehlers provides experienced, compassionate care, so your procedure is comfortable. Dr. Jon will also give you instructions for proper aftercare to promote proper healing. Call us today to make an appointment for a consultation.