The utmost importance lies in the care and well-being of our patients at EverSmile Dental. Our team consists of skilled and highly trained individuals, all dedicated to guaranteeing that every patient feels comfortable and has a dental experience devoid of stress.
Through our unwavering commitment to providing compassionate and customized attention, as well as gentle and precise care, our office has gained the trust and respect of our patients. Although we make every effort to preserve the natural beauty of your smile, there are instances where the extraction of a tooth becomes necessary to safeguard your oral health and overall well-being.
In cases where teeth are severely damaged, fused to the bone, or trapped beneath the gum line, a surgical extraction is often recommended. To carry out this procedure, we may refer you to a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
During a surgical extraction, a small cut is made in the soft tissues, allowing for precise removal of the bone covering the affected tooth. This approach grants better accessibility for the removal of the tooth. Like any other tooth extraction, a local anesthetic is administered to ensure complete numbing of the affected tooth and the surrounding tissues.
Furthermore, we thoroughly discuss and explain additional options for dental sedation, pre-surgical considerations, and specific instructions to ensure your utmost comfort and understanding.
After your tooth extraction, a piece of gauze will be placed over the extraction site for you to bite down on. By following the instructions to maintain pressure on the gauze, any active bleeding should stop. If needed, you can change the gauze pad after the first hour. However, if heavy oozing continues, you should continue biting down for another 45 minutes. While it is normal to experience some oozing for up to 24 hours, please contact our office if you are still experiencing excessive oozing or bleeding.
Until the local anesthesia fully wears off, it is important to protect yourself from accidentally biting or injuring your lips, cheeks, gums, or tongue.
If you have been prescribed antibiotics, make sure to take the correct dosage and complete the entire course of medication as directed. For pain management, it is advisable to take a pain reliever before the local anesthesia wears off completely. You can use over-the-counter pain medication (non-aspirin) to alleviate any discomfort. However, if you have been given a prescription pain medication, only take it as directed.
To aid in the healing process, it is crucial not to rinse your mouth, spit, drink through a straw, or suck on candies. Allowing the extraction site to form a clot and avoiding its dislodgement is essential.
Please ensure proper adherence to the following guidelines to promote optimal healing after your procedure:
1. Minimizing swelling: To control swelling, place an ice-pack gently on the facial area covering the extraction site. Apply the ice for 10-minute intervals throughout the first day. This will help reduce any swelling that may occur.
2. Avoid smoking: Smoking not only hampers the formation of blood clots but also interferes with the healing process. It is crucial to refrain from smoking or using tobacco products for the first week following the procedure.
3. Consider your diet and beverages: During the initial day or two, it is advisable to avoid consuming hot or spicy foods and drinks. Additionally, it is recommended to steer clear of carbonated or alcoholic beverages. Stick to a soft foods and liquids diet during the first couple of days post-surgery. Remember to drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
4. Oral hygiene: Practice gentle brushing, taking care not to disturb or irritate the extraction site for a few days. You can use a mild lukewarm saltwater solution to freshen your mouth. However, it is important not to rinse or spit during the first day or two after the procedure. Instead, allow any liquids to gently fall from your mouth into the sink.
5. Follow-up appointment: If sutures (stitches) were placed or if you underwent a complex extraction, encountered an infection, or have any other concerns, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled to monitor your healing progress. Ensuring that you keep this appointment is crucial for proper care and supervision.
6. Contact our office for unusual symptoms: If you experience ongoing bleeding, persistent pain, increased swelling, a peculiar taste in your mouth, or any other unusual symptoms, please promptly get in touch with our office. We are here to assist you in any way possible.
At EverSmile Dental, we prioritize providing tailored and high-quality care that caters to your specific requirements. You can trust us to take excellent care of your smile. We ensure precise and gentle treatment, and throughout the procedure, we keep you well-informed and relaxed. Should you require a tooth replacement, we will explore various options such as dentures, fixed bridges, and dental implants, and discuss the most suitable choice for you. Among these options, dental implants stand out as the most advanced method of replacing a tooth as they closely resemble the appearance, sensation, and functionality of a natural smile.
Tooth loss can occur due to various reasons, with advanced periodontal disease, extensive tooth decay, and facial trauma being the most prevalent causes. Surprisingly, statistics reveal that around 70% of adults experience tooth loss as a result of gum disease. While less common than the aforementioned factors, it is worth mentioning that specific diseases, medication use, smoking, and inadequate nutrition also increase the likelihood of tooth loss.
According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that individuals in the United States, on average, lose approximately 12 teeth by the time they reach the age of 50, including their wisdom teeth. Additionally, the report highlights that 26% of adults aged between 65 and 74 have experienced complete tooth loss.
Each individual and scenario is unique. Nonetheless, when a tooth and the adjacent tissues are numbed using a local anesthetic, you should anticipate only experiencing minimal pressure without any pain while the tooth is being gently released from the surrounding tissues and removed. In cases where patients feel anxious or during more complex extractions, our dental office will engage in a conversation about various options for dental sedation. This aims to offer additional relaxation and minimize any feelings of discomfort.
Experiencing tenderness and swelling after a tooth extraction is a common occurrence, although the intensity of these sensations can differ. The extent of discomfort is primarily influenced by the complexity of the extraction and how the body reacts to the procedure. To ensure your comfort, we will suggest or provide suitable pain medication along with detailed instructions to maximize its effectiveness and ensure your safety.
In most cases, the time it takes to recover after a basic tooth removal is usually shorter compared to a more complex surgical removal. Nevertheless, various factors such as a patient’s general well-being, lifestyle habits, the size and position of the tooth, and other variables can impact the recovery and healing process. To enhance the healing process and minimize any potential complications, patients need to diligently adhere to the provided instructions for at-home care. We will thoroughly discuss the anticipated post-procedure experience and review the post-operative guidelines with you.
Smoking disrupts the formation of blood clots, which is a crucial initial phase in the process of healing. This formation of blood clots not only serves as a protective layer to shield the underlying bone and nerve endings, but it also facilitates the growth of fresh tissue. Moreover, cigarette smoke contains harmful chemical toxins that can interrupt the healing process and give rise to issues like persistent inflammation, infection, or dry socket.
Dry socket is a relatively rare occurrence following a dental extraction, affecting only a small proportion of cases. This painful condition emerges when the blood clot forming in the extraction site fails to develop correctly or becomes dislodged. Symptoms of dry socket include intense pulsating pain, along with issues like foul breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. Our competent healthcare practitioners are dedicated to promptly addressing this condition, alleviating your discomfort, and fostering the healing process through immediate treatment.
Wisdom teeth, the final set of teeth to emerge, often face challenges when it comes to proper growth and positioning. Insufficient space or misalignment may prevent them from fully erupting. These issues not only impact dental health but also affect overall well-being. While some individuals may never develop all their wisdom teeth or have enough room for them, many people experience partial or full impaction of their third molars. At our office, we will closely monitor the growth, positioning, and health of your wisdom teeth. If necessary, we will provide recommendations for extractions based on our assessment.
Following the extraction of a tooth, it is customary to introduce bone-grafting substance into the vacant socket to facilitate the healing process and stimulate the growth of fresh bone. This particular method is frequently undertaken with the aim of bolstering the future and prosperous installation of a dental implant.
In the pursuit of making dental health accessible and affordable, our team at EverSmile Dental endeavors to provide exceptional care. The cost of dental procedures, including extractions, may vary depending on factors such as the type and complexity of the treatment. After conducting a thorough diagnosis, our office will recommend the most optimal and beneficial course of care, along with a detailed explanation of associated fees. We will also assist in discussing insurance
Tooth extractions are partially covered by many dental plans. We’ll let you know if there are any out-of-pocket costs or if your plan pays for the entire procedure. In order to help you minimize any out-of-pocket costs, our business office will collaborate with you to optimize your insurance benefits.