Tooth extractions are a procedure performed at all dental practices and the last option considered. At Crawford Implant Dentistry & Laser Periodontics, we will look at all other options before a tooth extraction is considered. Dr. Crawford and his staff assess each situation considering the tooth, the area of the mouth and the patient. However, in each situation we will use anesthesia to numb the area and see to it that your experience is the most comfortable one possible.
Teeth are removed for a number of reasons most commonly infection, breakage, decay and crowding. The two forms of extractions are simple and surgical.
Reasons For Tooth Extractions:
Severe infection or tooth decay
Severe gum disease
Supernumerary – teeth are crowding and blocking
Tips For a Speedy Recovery After a Tooth Extraction:
Follow prescription direction with painkillers as prescribed by your dentist or oral surgeon. Apply an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth to help relieve pain and swelling.
After 24 hours, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water several times a day to reduce swelling and relieve pain.
Change gauze pads regularly.
Relax after surgery.
Avoid smoking or smoke products after a tooth extraction.
Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, broth or thin soup. Slowly add solid foods back in to your diet as healing progresses.
Prop your head up with pillows after a tooth extraction.
Avoid rubbing the area with your tongue.
Avoid straws and sucking motion and carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
Dr. Bruce Crawford is St. Petersburg & Tampa Bay, Florida's (FL) award-winning periodontist with the most advanced technologies for dental implants, dentures, receding gums, gum disease, bite correction treatment, tooth extractions and sedation dentistry. He is the only periodontist in St. Petersburg to offer Pinhole Surgical Treatment for the treatment of receding gums.
Come experience Implant Dentistry & Laser Periodontics and you will see we offer innovative, comfortable and effective periodontal care with a smile to patients in and around St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa Bay, FL. Call 727.231.5908 today for your consultation and ask us about our teeth in a day treatment!