Do you need a tooth extraction? Are your teeth crowded, diseased, or have gone through some sort of trauma? If so, Dr. Emily Gairhan in Jonesboro, AR, can help. She performs dental extractions and can help you if you're in need of one.
When would you need a tooth extraction?
There are a few reasons you may need a tooth extraction:
- Overcrowding: All, most of, or some of your teeth are overcrowded causing issues in speech, or bite.
- Infection: Extreme tooth decay eroding teeth may infect your gums and other teeth if not dealt with.
- Damage: Any trauma from sports, or accidents, may cause severe trauma resulting in a tooth extraction.
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.
More About Extraction
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.
- Your dentist 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.
- An anesthetics will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth.
You need to take care of yourself after a tooth extraction. Here are some tips:
- 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.
- Don't eat or drink for a few hours.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water for constant disinfection, and call your Jonesboro dentist 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 Jonesboro, AR, dentist today!