Tooth Extractions in San Antonio Offered by Emergency Dental, Inc.
Teeth do not always last a lifetime. Sometimes, teeth need to be pulled to ensure the health of the mouth. No matter the reason, your San Antonio emergency dentist can perform tooth extractions so that you can enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free smile.
Some reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- Crowding of teeth
- Risk of infection
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
If a tooth is so badly damaged that it cannot be repaired, your San Antonio emergency dentist may suggest pulling it.
What Happens When I Get a Tooth Pulled?
Before removing a tooth, your emergency dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. To prevent pain and discomfort during more severe cases, a stronger anesthetic may be used. Once the specific area of your mouth is numb, your dentist will use forceps to rock the tooth back and forth until it detaches from the jawbone. Depending on the severity of the extraction, stitches may be used to close the open socket. Your dentist will also have you bite down on a piece of gauze to suppress any bleeding.
Tooth Extractions in San Antonio
After your extraction surgery, your San Antonio dentist will give you recovery instructions. Typically, patients find that their discomfort disappears after a few days, but there are certain steps that can be taken to speed up recovery.
- Your dentist may prescribe painkillers to ease any discomfort. Make sure to take these as directed.
- Use an ice compress on the affected area to relieve pain and swelling.
- Rinse your mouth with warm salt water 24 hours after the extraction.
- Change gauze pads regularly so that they do not get too soaked with blood.
- Eat soft foods and gradually add in solid foods after healing begins.
- Maintain regular oral hygiene carefully.
- Refrain from strenuous activity, as it may increase bleeding.
Any stitches used during a tooth extraction will be dissolvable, and, with proper recovery, will disappear over time.
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Removing a tooth can help keep oral infections from spreading. For more information about tooth extractions in San Antonio or other dental emergencies, call us today!