Dr. Davis takes a conservative approach to dentistry, meaning that wherever possible, he will try to preserve natural tooth structure and teeth. But when a tooth cannot be saved, he will extract it for you. He is experienced with all types of tooth extractions except for impacted wisdom teeth.
Here is some information on what to expect after your extraction:
Tooth Extractions Post-Operative Care
- Bleeding — After a tooth extraction, gauze will be placed over the surgical site. Keep the pressure on the gauze until the active bleeding stops, which will be about 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the complexity of the extraction. Avoid smoking or using a straw as this could disturb the blood clot that will develop.
- Rinsing — Don’t rinse your mouth or spit during the day of the extraction. On the day after, rinse your mouth gently with warm water mixed with a half teaspoon of salt. Then continue to rinse with this solution every three or four hours and after meals.
- Eating — Have soft foods with lots of liquids for the first couple of days. Avoid hot or carbonated beverages, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
- Medication — If we give you a prescription for pain, be sure to follow all directions.
- Hygiene — Continue to brush and floss as normal, but be extra gentle around the extraction site.
- Chips — In some instances, bone chips or fragments will work their way through the gums after the removal. These are normal and don’t require any extra attention. However, if they are annoying to you, let Dr. Davis know and he can remove these for you.
- Support — Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or need help understanding any of your symptoms.
Tooth Replacement Options
You have many options for tooth replacement. Dr. Davis offers dental implants, which look, feel, and function like your natural teeth while preventing bone loss. And you can also choose a bridge to replace the missing tooth. If you need dentures, we can also offer you the options of either removable or implant-supported dentures.
You may be tempted not to bother with replacing a single tooth, but unless you do, more problems can result. A replacement tooth will keep the other teeth in alignment, preventing them from shifting into the space left open. If you teeth shift, it changes your bite, and this can lead to TMJ disorder, which can be very uncomfortable.
If you are in pain, call us now and we will see you today.
Dr. Davis also offers a free consultation. If you would like to meet with him and discuss your situation with him before you commit to a full exam, please don’t hesitate to let us know.