When we are little, we lose our baby teeth to make room for our permanent teeth. As we age, our permanent teeth age with us. They often require maintenance and always require good oral health habits like brushing and flossing regularly.
Without regular dental checkups and good cleaning habits, our teeth can become susceptible to disease and decay, which may mean an extraction is necessary, but disease and decay aren’t the only reasons you’d need an extraction.
Baby teeth can sometimes be stubborn. You may experience an injury that damages your tooth. Many patients need their wisdom teeth removed as well. Sunflower Dental is happy to provide extractions to protect oral health.
It’s not uncommon to be concerned about having teeth removed. If you’re coming in for a tooth extraction for whatever reason, we will be ready to make your experience comfortable. We can even provide sedation dentistry to put your mind at ease.
Teeth extractions are usually very simple procedures. If necessary, a local anesthetic will be applied to the area around the tooth; in some instances a tooth doesn’t require much effort to be removed. After the tooth is out, you may experience some bleeding, but it will stop in time.
If you are getting an extraction in preparation for another procedure, you may be asked to keep the area covered and clean for a time before your next appointment.
Wisdom Teeth Removal
At Sunflower Dental, we offer wisdom teeth removal services.
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that come in at the very back of your upper and lower teeth. Most people don’t need them and don’t have room for them, so they are often removed. Sunflower Dental will happily welcome any patients who need an extraction for wisdom teeth that have erupted.
If wisdom teeth are erupted, they have simply come up from underneath the gums and are visible to the eye. If you are experiencing problems with wisdom teeth that haven’t erupted, we can provide a referral to a specialist.
Recovery from an Extraction
It’s important to keep the empty sockets clear of any small bits of food while they heal. You should avoid foods that are crumbly or crunchy. We suggest eating soft, liquid-based foods like yogurt, smoothies, jell-o, etc.
Avoid using straws for a couple weeks after your extraction procedure as doing so can pull at your tooth socket and damage the stitches. This can lead to more bleeding and an extended recovery time.
You should be fully healed in a couple of weeks.
Get the Help You Need from Sunflower Dental
Contact our office today with questions about teeth extractions or wisdom teeth removal. We are ready to help you today.