Just How Traumatic to the Mouth is Extracting a Tooth?
Posted on 1/10/2020 by Dr. Shaun Rai
We know that you love your teeth. We do too. Teeth are very important for your overall health and well-being. You have to have teeth to speak properly.
You need teeth to chew your food and smile for photos. You also need your teeth to smile for an interview, or for your new baby. Whenever possible, we try to save your teeth, but there are times we can't save a tooth.
When your tooth cannot be saved, we have no choice but to extract it. What happens when we extract a tooth and how traumatic is it to your mouth? We have some answers for you.
What Happens During an Extraction?
When we have to extract a tooth, we will first numb your mouth so that you won't feel pain. We will then use a tool to help us wiggle the tooth and then pull it out. In many cases, when we extract a tooth, your mouth actually feels better, especially if your tooth was diseased and causing you enormous pain. Usually when it is a simple extraction, you will have some minor gum swelling, a little pain and discomfort, and then it goes away within a day or two.
However, there are times when an extraction isn't simple. Sometimes, we have no choice but to cut into your gums to extract a tooth. There are also times when we have to remove a part of your bone to access the tooth. These complicated extractions can cause more severe trauma. Your extraction is also more complicated if you have a broken tooth underneath the gumline.
When this happens, there are things you can do to minimize the trauma to your face after a tooth extraction. Be sure that you take the medicine we prescribe for you. You may also want to take anti-inflammatories to help keep the swelling down.
You also might want to use ice packs on your face to reduce the swelling. Eat a soft diet, and make sure it isn't too hot or too cold. Watch for signs of complications, such as a fever, or intense pain. If you have questions about trauma after a tooth extraction, give us a call.