Think you need a tooth extraction? Your dentist will work with you to avoid an extraction, but in the event, a tooth needs to be removed, you are in good hands at Wheatland Dental.
Most common reasons for extractions:
- Decay – When a tooth is decayed beyond the point of being saved, the only option is to remove it before it causes more issues to occur.
- Pre-Orthodontics – In some cases of orthodontics, a tooth or teeth may need to be removed in order to allow for enough room for orthodontic treatments to work effectively.
- Wisdom teeth removal as a general dentist– The most common type of extraction. Wisdom teeth are leftover from an ancient time when we needed more teeth to grind our food. With narrower jaws and softer foods in our diet, the wisdom teeth often cause more harm than good, and often a recommendation is made to have the wisdom teeth extracted. Wondering if you need wisdom teeth removal? Schedule your wisdom tooth extraction consultation today.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
Following a dental extraction, it is very important to follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions. Here are some helpful tips to speed up your recovery:
- The initial goal is to help the clot form. Do so by biting down on gauze for about 30 minutes. If the clot has not fully formed or is still bleeding, swap out for fresh gauze and bite down again for 30 minutes.
- Avoid creating suction in the mouth by avoiding drinking through a straw or smoking. This could potentially dislodge the blood clot and result in a condition known as dry socket.
- Avoid exercise and vigorous activity for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid hot and crunchy foods and instead, eat soft foods like yogurt or enjoy your recovery with some ice cream.
Interested in having an extraction in Saskatoon or Watrous? Call our office today!
At Wheatland Dental, we provide treatment options and treatment as general dentists. We will screen and assess your current condition and treatment goals and with your best interests in mind, may make the recommendation for a consult and/or treatment with an Oral Surgeon depending on the complexity of the case.