Protect Your Oral Health with a Tooth Extraction
When teeth are impacted, decaying, or broken, they cause pain and discomfort. Dentists may try to fix the issue with a crown or other alternatives. However, if the damage is too severe or potentially hurting surrounding teeth, it may be best to remove the decaying tooth. This is called an extraction. At Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery, our expert oral surgeons have years of experience providing teeth extractions in St. Louis, St. Charles County, Lincoln County, and Jefferson County. They work quickly and efficiently to minimize pain and maximize your dental health.
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What You Should Know About a Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction is one of the most common dental procedures performed in the United States. Many patients come in to have a tooth removed and leave just a couple of hours after. While not the solution for every toothache, there are many valid reasons to have a tooth extracted.
Why a patient may need a tooth extraction:
- A crowded mouth
- Risk of infection
- Decaying tooth
- Effects of severe periodontal disease
- A very loose tooth (that a bone graft can’t help)
- Impacted wisdom teeth (third molars)
Tooth extractions and wisdom tooth removal are often preventative measures taken to protect other teeth in the mouth. The procedure, under normal circumstances, is very straightforward. You will first discuss your situation with one of our oral surgeons in St. Charles or St. Louis. During the procedure, the surgeon will numb your tooth, jawbone, and the surrounding gums. They will then extract the tooth using specific oral tools, which may cause some pressure, but no pain. In some cases, surgical tooth extraction may be necessary instead. Our oral specialists have experience with both methods.
Care After a Tooth Extraction
While the tooth extraction may be over quickly, the oral care that you follow after your procedure will greatly impact your overall oral health. After a tooth extraction, the dentist will send you home to recover and will usually provide a prescription for painkillers.
Here are some helpful tips on reducing discomfort, speeding the healing process, and minimizing the risk of infection:
- Bite firmly, but gently on the gauze your dentist provided.
- Change the gauze pads when they are soaked with blood – or leave for three to four hours.
- Take painkillers as needed.
- Do not rinse or spit forcefully for the first 24 hours. (Try to shake your head to rinse and let water pour out of your mouth to avoid dislodging the blood clot).
- Apply an ice bag to the affected area ten minutes at a time to minimize swelling.
- Do not drink from a straw for the first 72 hours.
- Do not smoke.
- On the first day, stick to soft foods such as pudding, applesauce, and soup.
- During the first night, sleep with pillows propping you up to avoid prolonging bleeding.
We Treat Patients Like Family
Schedule an appointment with our St. Louis oral surgeons at Midwest Oral Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery for effective and precise tooth extractions. We walk patients through every step of the process. Our South County oral surgeons also check up with patients after a procedure to ensure they are doing well. We genuinely care about your well-being and want to make sure your oral health improves following your procedure. We also provide dental implant services following an extraction procedure.