Important Information About Tooth Extractions
At Vargas Dental Associates, we do everything we can to save your natural teeth. Unfortunately, even with our best efforts, it is not always possible. This is when a tooth extraction is required. A tooth extraction is when the entire tooth — the structure and the tooth root — is removed from your mouth. A tooth extraction may be recommended due to decay or injury and may also be suggested to patients who may be starting a complicated medical treatment and optimal oral health is required, including patients who are starting certain chemotherapy treatments, a stem cell replacement or transplant, or organ transplant.
Care Following an Extraction
A tooth extraction is a serious procedure that requires you to follow our post-treatment recommendations carefully so your recovery is not compromised. Each patient will experience a different recovery process, depending on their body. There are patients who will have little to no difficulty and a short recovery time, while others may need a few extra days of recovery. You want to be sure to follow the cues from your body and not push yourself to exercise too soon or attempt to eat tough and chewy foods before your mouth is ready. We want patients to remain as comfortable as possible. We recommend:
Resting for 24 hours and limiting activity for a few days
Avoid eating on the impacted side of the mouth
Eat softer foods and avoid hard, crunchy or chewy foods
Avoid using a straw or anything that requires a sucking motion, such as smoking
Choose a Tooth Replacement Option
We recommend patients choose a tooth replacement option as soon as possible to eliminate problems that can develop from missing teeth. We will help you choose a tooth replacement option that is most beneficial to your lifestyle and budget.
Many patients can avoid a tooth extraction by remaining diligent with dental hygiene visits. If you have not recently been to see us for a hygiene visit and dental exam, please contact our office located in Bowie, MD to schedule your next appointment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is here to help you with anything you need!