Sometimes, decay and/or trauma has done so much damage to a tooth that removal is your only option. In cases of wisdom teeth, your dentist may even recommend extraction proactively, before active damage has been done. Often the shape and size of your jaw, the way the wisdom teeth develop and how they erupt from the gums make it impossible to keep them without increased risk of decay and damage, both to them and your other teeth.
There are levels of complexity when it comes to extracting a tooth, but it can be broadly separated into two categories. In our office, we perform simple extractions – teeth that can be seen in the mouth and can be removed using local anesthetic and instruments design to grab and elevate the visible portion of the tooth. We’ll then send you home with post-operative instructions for care and prescriptions for any necessary medications – you’ll want to take it easy for about 24 hours after this procedure.
Surgical extraction is necessary with teeth that cannot easily be accessed, either because they are not fully erupted or because they have broken beneath the gum line. In most of these cases an incision is required and the procedure is performed using a general anesthetic. When we recommend this type of extraction for our patients, we send them to one of a few highly trained oral surgeons that we work with in the area.
Your scheduled appointment time has been placed especially for you. We will make every effort to confirm your reserved appointment via text, email, or phone. If all else fails then fax. If our attempts are unsuccessful, we are also relying on you to make note of your appointment time. In the case that you need to reschedule your appointment, We appreciate 48-hours notice. This gives our team the appropriate time to contact other patients who are in need of dental care.
We do understand that there are emergencies and advance notice may not be possible at all times. We are reluctant to go the traditional route of charging our patients for the lost time from a missed appointment, but it is important for you to appreciate the disruption it causes. Therefor after missing your appointment without notifying us 48-hours in advance, you will be charged a fee of a 6-pack of fine local craft beer, a decent bottle of wine, or a box of chocolate.
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Cleaning Your Mouth
Do not clean the teeth next to the healing tooth socket for the rest of the day. You should, however, brush and floss your other teeth well and begin cleaning the teeth next to the healing tooth socket the next day. You can also brush your tongue. This will help get rid of the bad breath and unpleasant taste that are common after an extraction.
The day after the extraction, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water (half a teaspoon salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water) after meals to keep food particles out of the extraction site. Try not to rinse your mouth vigorously, as this may loosen the blood clot. If you have hypertension, discuss with your dentist whether you should rinse with salt water. Avoid using a mouthwash during this early healing period unless your dentist advises you to do so.
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