Tooth Extractions – Landrum, SC
Protect Your Oral Health with Safe Tooth Removal
While Dr. Moneyhun avoids tooth extractions as the first options for treatment, there are some instances where an extraction is the most effective step moving forward. Before doing so, he makes sure to consider all other restorative treatments, such as dental crowns and root canal therapy. In the event that you do need an extraction, he’ll explain all the steps of treatment, how to manage your aftercare, and more, so don’t be afraid if you’re told you need treatment. Call his office today to get your next appointment scheduled!
Why Choose Parkside Dental for Tooth Extractions?
- Same-Day Appointments Available for Emergencies
- Advanced Digital X-Ray Technology
- Friendly Dentist and Team Members
Reasons Why You May Need a Tooth Extraction
While tooth extractions are not typically common, there are many reasons why treatment may be needed. For example, if your mouth becomes crowded by too many teeth or Dr. Moneyhun notices that additional teeth are set to erupt, he may recommend extraction to help you prepare. However, the more common reason for extraction is because of an infection, risk for an infection, or severe damage to a tooth via decay or physical injury. While Dr. Moneyhun can handle many instances where extraction is needed, he may refer your treatment out depending on the circumstances.
How the Procedure Works
Prior to treatment, Dr. Moneyhun will administer a small amount of local anesthetic to the tooth and the surrounding tissue. This ensures that your treatment is as comfortable as possible. If the tooth is easily visible, he can gently rock it back and forth using a dental elevator, then remove it from the jaw. He’ll then ask you to bite down onto a gauze pad to begin the healing process of the socket.
If the tooth is impacted, or trapped underneath existing gum tissue, he’ll create a very small incision in your gum tissue, then begin gently breaking the tooth apart into small pieces so they can be removed that way. He’ll then close the gum tissue with sutures and go over the next steps for post-operative care.
Post-Operative Tips to Know
Recovery for your extraction will typically take a few days. During this healing period, it is very important that you do the following:
- Get plenty of rest
- Take painkillers as prescribed by Dr. Moneyhun
- Replace your gauze pad before it becomes soaked with blood, or once every three to four hours.
- Use a cold compress for 10 minutes at a time to reduce facial swelling
- Do not rinse your mouth out or forcefully spit for the first 24 hours after treatment. Do not drink from a straw either.
- Do not smoke as this can inhibit healing.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth out with a solution made from one half teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
- Keep your head elevated when lying down to promote healing.
- Stick to a soft diet of soup, pudding, yogurt, applesauce, and other foods that do not require much chewing for the first 24 hours after treatment.
- Brush and floss normally and brush your tongue. Avoid touching the extraction site during oral care.