Tooth Extractions in Dallas
A primary goal of dentistry is to preserve your natural teeth to prevent the need for extraction. However, a tooth can be considered non-restorable, and thus in need of extraction for a many different reasons including:
- Infected teeth
- Impacted teeth
- Teeth associated with pathology
- Orthodontic purposes
- Extensive decay
- Not enough sound tooth material for a restoration
- Periodontal disease
- Cracked teeth
At Johnson Oral and Facial Surgery, we’ll look at your unique situation and discuss possible alternatives to dental extractions as well as replacement options for the missing space.
If an extraction is deemed necessary, you’ll have the comfort of knowing you’re working with extraction specialists who are experienced in everything from simple extractions to more complex scenarios involving broken teeth or teeth submerged below the gums. Once the tooth is removed, we will provide replacement options such as dental implants—one of the best replacement options available.
How to Care For Your Oral Health After a Tooth Extraction
After a dental tooth extraction in Dallas, it is essential to take proper care of your oral health to promote healing and prevent complications. Here are some guidelines to follow:
- Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully: For the first 24 hours after the extraction, avoid rinsing your mouth or spitting forcefully. This can dislodge the blood clot and delay the healing process.
- Be cautious with eating and drinking: Stick to a soft or liquid diet for the first 24 hours, gradually reintroducing solid foods as tolerated. Avoid hot or spicy foods and beverages, as they can irritate the extraction site. Drink plenty of fluids but avoid using a straw, as the suction can dislodge the blood clot.
- Take prescribed medications: If your dentist has prescribed medication, such as antibiotics, take them as directed to manage pain and prevent infection. Follow the instructions carefully and complete the full course of antibiotics if prescribed.
- Apply ice packs: For the first 24 hours, apply ice packs (as needed) to the outside of your face near the extraction site. This can help reduce swelling and alleviate discomfort. Use the ice packs in 10-minute intervals, with breaks in between.
- Avoid smoking and tobacco products: Refrain from smoking or using any tobacco products for at least 72 hours after the extraction. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of complications.
- Follow post-operative instructions: Our team will provide you with specific post-operative instructions. Follow them carefully and contact us if you experience severe or prolonged pain, excessive bleeding, swelling, or any other concerns.
Remember, every dental extraction is unique, and your instructions may vary depending on your specific situation. It's crucial to consult your dentist for personalized advice and guidance.
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