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Teeth Extractions

Teeth Extractions in Tijuana Mexico

Most of us would desire to have our bodies remain strong and healthy but, there are times when that just cannot be possible due to a variety of circumstances. One of those circumstances that can arise that prompt your dentist to recommend removing a tooth is for the good of your dental and overall health. And although many of your teeth are easily removable, sometimes it’s more complicated, and requires a more involved procedure. Here’s why the surgical extraction of teeth may become necessary, and how your dentist differentiates these procedures from others.

Can’t a Tooth be Saved?

In the best case scenario, it is usually best to keep your original teeth but, there are times when that just cannot occur. When they are removed it is usually due to trauma, disease or crowding. When a tooth cannot be repaired with a filling or a crown because of an accident or extensive decay, an extraction may be your best recourse. Sometimes the tooth is okay but due to periodontal disease there may not be enough bone to support the tooth properly and that would also make them candidates for removal.

Often, wisdom teeth are frequently extracted because of the awkward position in which they grow behind your molars causing undue pressure and possible malformations.

When are Simple Extractions or Surgical Extractions done?

The surgical extraction of teeth is actually the most common surgical procedure. When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If the procedure is more complicated it may necessitate a surgical extraction which may include removal of gum tissue or bone in order to extract it and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. The doctor may also prescribe specific pain medication following the procedure if deemed necessary.

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Reasons for Surgical Extractions

By taking panoramic or individual x-rays and examining your tooth, your dentist can usually determine whether or not your extraction will be simple or surgical. But there are times when a simple extraction turns into a surgical. This can occur when a tooth breaks off during the procedure, for instance, it may need to be taken out in pieces.

Wisdom teeth often face surgical extraction because they’re usually impacted, meaning they are not completely erupted into the mouth. This condition requires cutting through bone and tissue. Removing severely broken down teeth, root tips or teeth with long-curved roots are other examples of surgical extractions. Then there are times when the bone around a tooth has become too dense, resulting in the need for surgical treatment.

Post-Extraction Instructions

With surgical extractions, you may have one or more stitches at the extraction site. Regardless of whether your extraction is simple or surgical, it’s always important to closely follow your dentist’s after-care instructions to speed recovery and avoid any complications.

  • Bite down on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after the extraction to help stop the bleeding.
  • Avoid unnecessary talking, eating and drinking for the first two hours after extraction.
  • Drink plenty of lukewarm or cold liquids after the bleeding subsides.
  • Maintain your diet, but start with clear liquids and soft foods for the first day.
  • Don’t rinse or brush your teeth for 12 hours.
  • Avoid the surgical area when brushing, although you can gently rinse with a diluted mouthwash or 1/4 teaspoon of table salt in a glass of lukewarm water.
  • Don’t use straws, smoke or spit forcefully as long as there is bleeding.
  • Follow your dentist’s instructions on using any prescribed pain medications.
  • Call your dentist if you have any persistent pain or bleeding.

The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit complicated, but with today’s modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. Afterwards, you and your dentist can discuss tooth replacement options to restore the function and beauty to your smile.

After You’ve Had a Tooth Pulled

Following an extraction, your dentist will send you home to recover. Recovery typically takes a few days. The following can help minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.

  • Take painkillers as prescribed.
  • Bite firmly but gently on the gauze pad placed by your dentist to reduce bleeding and allow a clot to form in the tooth socket. Change gauze pads before they become soaked with blood. Otherwise, leave the pad in place for three to four hours after the extraction.
  • Apply an ice bag to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling. Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time.
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Limit activity for the next day or two.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Do not drink from a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke, which can inhibit healing.
  • Eat soft foods, such as soup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day after the extraction. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as the extraction site heals.
  • When lying down, prop your head with pillows. Lying flat may prolong bleeding.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth, and brush your tongue, but be sure to avoid the extraction site. Doing so will help prevent infection.

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