You may need a tooth extraction if your teeth are crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma. Dr. Robert Dame in Grand Rapids, MI performs dental extractions and can tell you more about them.
To reduce the chances of needing a tooth extraction from diseases, here are some preventative measures to follow:
- Floss before bed and make sure you floss between each tooth and in hard to reach places like molars.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, for two minutes each, holding the brush at a 40-degree angle to improve your chances of having healthy teeth.
- Stop bad or poor habits like smoking, chewing tobacco, and drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea.
If trauma from a sport and/or overcrowded teeth are the reason you need a tooth extraction, then your doctor will need to do the following:
- Examine the severity of the situation and schedule an appointment for the tooth extraction.
- An anesthetics will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth.
- Your doctor will extract whatever is left of the natural tooth.
- They will stitch the extraction area and place gauze to stop bleeding, and help with blood clot formation.
Don't eat or drink for a few hours. Don't use a straw and ice the tooth extraction area. Use painkillers if needed and avoid smoking or drinking alcoholic beverage after the procedure. Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Grand Rapids doctor if you're suffering from severe pain, it may be a dry socket (blood hasn't clotted properly).
If you think you need a tooth extraction and want to consult your doctor to see if the tooth is beyond saving, then you should call your Grand Rapids, MI, dentist today.