Tooth extraction is necessary if a tooth suffers from serious decay, trauma, or overcrowding, according to the American Dental Association. Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental can help his Bristow, VA, patients figure out what's best for you!
More About Tooth Extractions
Surgery scares people and oral surgery isn't any different but if you follow these tips, you may be able to avoid getting a tooth extraction:
- Brush your teeth
- You need to brush twice a day
- Make sure you use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid damaging enamel
- Brush your molars to avoid decay
- Floss at least once before bed
- Make sure you floss around each tooth, especially molars
- People don't always know how to floss so ask your Bristow dentist
- Avoid poor lifestyle habits
- smoking and chewing tobacco
- drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea
What if you need a tooth extraction because of trauma?
If you need a tooth extraction because of trauma, a severely damaged tooth while playing a sport, or overcrowded teeth because you have a small mouth, then oral surgery may be necessary.
What does the process entail?
- Examine the severity of the situation
- Schedule an appointment with your dentist
- Your dentist will give you a sedative before the procedure to numb your mouth
- After extracting the tooth, the doctor stitches the extraction area and places gauze to stop bleeding and prevent blood clot formation
Care After your Tooth Extraction:
- Change the gauze periodically
- Avoid using a straw
- Use a painkiller prescribed by your dentist
- Avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic beverages
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water
Want to learn more?
If you think you need a tooth extraction, consult Dr. Steve Pleickhardt of American Dental at his Bristow, VA: (703) 753-6695.