Made Safe and Comfortable at Dolan Dental
At Dolan Dental, our team will always do everything in our power to help you preserve your healthy, natural teeth. However, despite our best efforts, extraction can become a necessity when the patient’s oral health and overall wellbeing is threatened. Are you struggling with dental pain? Don’t wait – contact our Wethersfield, CT location today to schedule a first appointment. Dr. Thomas Dolan and Dr. Brendan Dolan are here to help!
Why Would I Need A Tooth Extracted?
- Advanced tooth decay – In advanced stages, we may be unable to treat decay with common restorative solutions like fillings and crowns.
- Periodontal disease – if left untreated for too long, this dangerous infection can result in recessed gum tissue, jawbone deterioration, and permanent tooth loss.
- Traumatic injury – Our doctors will do their best to replant partially or fully dislodged teeth, but it may not be possible in certain circumstances.
- Orthodontic treatment – In some cases, certain teeth may need to be removed so that we can create space for patients to undergo orthodontic improvement.
- Wisdom teeth – If your wisdom teeth are trapped (impacted) beneath the gum line or causing overcrowding, we may recommend removal as a way to improve oral health and decrease the risk of infection.
Patients can rest assured that we will handle their extraction procedure as smoothly and comfortably as possible! Sedation dentistry is available as needed to calm nerves and create a more relaxed atmosphere. If the teeth we remove require replacement to restore your quality of life, we will start working with you right away to devise the ideal reconstructive plan so that any time spent without your complete smile is as brief as possible.
What Happens After Tooth Extraction?
We strongly recommend that patients schedule some free time to rest following their extraction procedure. You will need a trusted escort to drive you home, and you can expect some oral bleeding that can be treated with the consistent application of gauze to the treatment site. If your mouth is continuing to bleed after a full day, please contact us right away!
When you arrive home, lay down with your head settled on a pillow at an angle. Pain medication and ice packs can help treat any discomfort. During the first few days, stick to soft, easy to eat foods that require little to no chewing, such as the following:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
Also, take care to not use a straw when drinking beverages, as the sustained sucking may loosen your sutures and prolong necessary clotting. If you regularly smoke, try to abstain during the healing period as well.