Tooth Extraction Aftercare Tips

Five Reasons Why Tooth Extraction Is Required

Most patients when suffering from excruciating pain are more likely to choose tooth extraction treatment. At the time this may seem a reasonable choice. However, it can be easy to not think about the dangers to oral health with tooth extraction treatment, compared to other forms of treatment that may be able to treat the pain. However, this is only known when the dentist performs a pre-examination to assess the damage to the tooth.

If it is possible, the dentist will always consider other forms of treatment depending on the severity of the damage. In significant circumstances, tooth extraction will be administered.

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The Five Reasons

Let’s look at five reasons why tooth extraction treatment would be administered when in severe pain:

  1. Severe Tooth Trauma – A tooth that has suffered from severe decay or infection will most likely require extraction. Whilst the tooth can be saved if caught early, it may not be possible to salvage the tooth if the decay spreads. A severe trauma of a tooth can cause damage to supporting teeth and gums. Therefore, it may need to be extracted.
  2. Misalignment Of Teeth – Some patients suffer from a misalignment of teeth, meaning that teeth are not straight leading to an abnormal bite. This may be because the jawline doesn’t offer enough space to hold the teeth in its required position. In this case, tooth extraction treatment may be necessary to remove some of the teeth for others to fit correctly.
  3. Gum Disease – Gum diseases can equally be damaging to oral health, not just tooth decay. When gum disease gets worse, gum tissue and bone support become affected, leading to a tooth potentially falling out. A tooth may need to be extracted for this reason and potentially may need to be replaced to preserve bone stimulation.
  4. Broken Teeth – A tooth can break for many reasons, such as eating something too hard, a physical accident or tooth trauma. If a tooth breaks, the remains of the tooth may not be enough for tooth restoration treatment to be completed, such as a dental crown or a root canal.
  5. Impacted Teeth – An impacted tooth is when a tooth is attempting to grow but is blocked or hasn’t erupted beyond the gum line. Overcrowding is also one of the principal reasons for this to happen. The jaw may not be large enough to accommodate these teeth. Teeth that cannot grow and obstruct or impact other teeth will require extraction.

If you’ve had a tooth extracted, read here to learn some aftercare tips

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Concluding Thoughts…

Tooth extraction is a last resort for dentists to perform and is only administered when it is absolutely necessary. These five reasons are popular reasons why dentists will need to consider tooth extraction treatment. Rest assured, the dentist always ensures that your smile is saved no matter the treatment required.

If you’re in severe pain and aren’t sure what to do, Pinnacle Dental Docklands is ready and prepared to relieve you from your pain. Contact us now to get in touch!

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Your Tooth Extraction Aftercare Guide

You’re expected to experience some sort of pain after tooth extraction treatment. Whilst the pain exists, its important you understand tips that would help deliver a more painless recovery. You may also experience bleeding and a degree of swelling. The effects will decrease in time. However, the important thing is to reduce your recovery time to get you back on your feet again. If you stick to an aftercare plan specifically to care for your implant, your recovery will be smooth and quick with no ill effects on your teeth. This is your tooth extraction aftercare guide.

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Immediate Steps Post Tooth Extraction Treatment

Develop The Blood Clot

The steps post-treatment aren’t as straightforward. Depending on how well you recover, you could experience something called a Dry Socket. After extraction treatment, you’ll receive a gauze pad from the dentist to develop a blood clot. The more pressure you put on the wound, the less bleeding. The clot must form by itself to avoid infection.

Other than infection, you may experience dry socket if instances where there is a lack of care for the wound, you immediately smoke or have oral contraceptives. If you don’t care for your mouth immediately after treatment, other than bleeding, you’ll experience fever and illness severe coughing and potentially chest pains.

The treated area will be numbed immediately using anesthetic given by the dentist.

The Key Tips

For effective home care for the first few days after treatment, following these key tips:

  • Act If Swelling Continues – If swelling continues wrap an ice pack or frozen pack of peas against the cheek. Do this for ten minutes at a time along with taking recommended medication. If pain persists, take these remedies for 24 hours.
  • Limit Physical Activity – The difficulty with extraction aftercare is the lack of physical activity you can do. You must rest properly and avoid any rigorous exercise. Wait for the blood clot to dry up first.
  • Elevation Of Head – Elevate your head when you’re sitting on a sofa and when you sleep. This is important to stem the blood flow so the blood clot becomes dry quicker.
  • Balance Your Diet – You must drink regular lukewarm water to stay hydrated. Eat and drink soft products on one side of the mouth away from the blood clot. Do not eat solids or chewy foods until at least 4 to 5 days have passed.
  • Limit Your Mouth Activity – The mouth must not be used regularly whilst the blood clot heals. This could slow the healing process. More strain on the jaw muscles advocates for a slower recovery.

Your teeth should be straight for a shiny smile. Read here on whether tooth extraction aligns your teeth.

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Final Thoughts

If you follow these tips appropriately, the blood clot will heal faster. The first 24 to 48 hours will be uncomfortable. Slow integrate these tips for faster improvement and a painless mouth.

Docklands Dentist is experienced in acting swiftly to reduce your pain to make way for a healthier mouth. If you’re in any kind of oral pain, we want to know about it. Contact us now for immediate assistance.

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Can Wisdom Tooth Extraction Change Teeth Alignment?

Wisdom teeth commonly appear between the ages of 17 and 25 years (although this can occur earlier or later in life). 

In some cases, these new teeth can cause crowding in the mouth resulting in teeth pushing against one another.

Wisdom teeth that become impacted due to a lack of space in the mouth are normally removed due to overcrowding.

However, can wisdom tooth extraction result in the misalignment of teeth or a change in your bite? 

There are a number of signs and symptoms of tooth misalignment:

  • Tenderness in the jaw especially when chewing or biting down.
  • A bite that does not to line up correctly.
  • Pressure, discomfort or pain on certain teeth due to overcrowding.
  • Pain in or around the ear.
  • Difficulty opening and closing the mouth.
  • A clicking or popping sound in the jaw while chewing or opening and closing the jaw.
  • Moderate to severe pain in the facial area.

Wisdom tooth extractions are performed in order to relieve these symptoms. 

If these symptoms are not present after healing fully from the procedure, this means the teeth have not shifted in the mouth. 

The extraction of wisdom teeth will not cause teeth to shift and therefore cannot cause misalignment.

Many patients do however report a change in their bite after wisdom tooth extraction. 

This is especially significant in patients where the wisdom teeth were extremely impacted and caused severe pressure on other teeth in the mouth.

Patients who have all 4 wisdom teeth removed may also experience this symptom.

The sensation caused by the change in your bite is not commonly attributed to a shift or change in the alignment of the teeth.

This may be due to any one of the following reasons:

Recovery Time

It is important to allow time for the full recovery of your mouth after wisdom tooth extraction. 

Swelling of the gums bruising, and discomfort caused by the procedure may feel as if the teeth have shifted. 

Full recovery generally takes about 2 weeks but is different from person to person. 

The teeth may also take time to settle after the pressure of the wisdom teeth has been eliminated which can take while longer.

Bite Force

Where teeth feel like they have experienced misalignment due to pressure from wisdom teeth, it is not uncommon for one or a couple of teeth to take the majority of the bite force. 

This basically means the teeth that are more prominent will do a majority of the work and will absorb a greater amount of the force exerted by the jaw when biting or chewing.

Once the wisdom teeth are removed, the pressure on these teeth is reduced and they will no longer absorb the brunt of the force when biting and chewing. 

In other words, the force is spread more evenly across all the teeth in the mouth. 

This can result in a very strange sensation as the teeth that are not normally used to doing any work are suddenly put to the test.

This can also result in the feeling that the teeth have shifted. 

Teeth may suddenly come together where they didn’t before or it could result in a small change in the bite. 

This does not mean that the teeth have shifted but rather that they need to settle into their new roles.

After a few weeks (or longer in some cases), the strange sensations should pass and you should adapt to your new pain-free and pressure-free bite.

With every surgical procedure, the benefits are weighed up against the risks. 

Wisdom teeth that are impacted and cause mild to extreme pain, discomfort or misalignment of your teeth is considered to be a necessary procedure. 

However, the removal of these teeth should not result in a change in alignment.

If you are looking for a compassionate, professional and experienced dental clinic for wisdom tooth extraction or other dental procedures and advice, please call us at Pinnacle Dental Docklands today on (03) 9052 4422. 

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