A tooth extraction is typically a last resort, when all reasonable attempts to save the tooth have proved to be ineffective. At My Creative Dentist, our Greenwich dentist will help you to develop the strategies and habits that are most likely to prevent the need for a tooth to be extracted. These include proper brushing and flossing on a daily basis and visits to our office every six months for a dental exam that includes x-rays and dental prophylaxis (cleaning).
If an extraction is necessary, though, you can have full confidence in our Greenwich dentist to tend to the matter with the highest level of skill, expertise, and a gentle touch. To begin with, a local anesthetic will be applied to numb the area effectively. Stitches may be necessary after the tooth has been extracted. Gauze will be offered to stem the bleeding that is a natural occurrence after the procedure.
Our Greenwich dentist will provide detailed instructions on what to do for about 24 hours after your extraction. Over the counter pain killers will sometimes be enough to manage any pain that comes about once the anesthetic wears off. If a stronger pain reliever is needed, that can be prescribed for you as well. An ice pack held on the outside of your mouth on the side where the tooth was extracted is very helpful in reducing swelling and pain also. It’s a good idea to rinse frequently with salt in warm water. It is also highly recommended that you take it easy for the remainder of the day, particularly avoiding any physical exertion. You should also confine yourself to soft food during this time.
When a tooth extraction is unavoidable, our Greenwich dentist will take care of it while keeping you as comfortable as possible. You may want to discuss the possibility of a dental implant or a bridge to replace the lost tooth. Having a missing tooth can be cosmetically unpleasant, especially if it is a visible one, and it can also cause your teeth to shift. This can lead to discomfort and a misaligned occlusion (bite).