There are several reasons why you may need your teeth removed
If your tooth is beyond repair due to a trauma, root fracture, or severe tooth decay, then it will be necessary to remove the affected tooth. There are some cases where primary teeth have failed to fall out preventing permanent teeth from coming in. Some orthodontic treatment plans will also involve tooth extraction to achieve the best results for your overall dental health.

Reasons for tooth extractions:

  • Infection if root canal therapy or antibiotics cannot cure it, a tooth extraction will be required
  • Crowded mouth: your orthodontist may need to remove some teeth if there is overcrowding
  • Periodontal disease: gum disease may cause the teeth to loosen and it may be necessary to extract the tooth if it cannot be saved

What your dentist needs to know before a tooth extraction:
Bacteria can enter into the bloodstream after a tooth extraction. There are some conditions that put patients at high risk. These conditions include:

  • Impaired immune system
  • Artificial joint (hip replacement)
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cirrhosis of the liver

What to expect
It should only take a few days to recover after having a tooth extracted. You should limit activity and take the prescribed painkillers. The dentist will provide you with a gauze pad to soak up the blood in the tooth socket. You should avoid the following activities:

  • Smoking
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Solid foods for the first day

You should call your dentist immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Swelling, redness, excessive discharge
  • Fever & chills
  • Chest pain, cough, or shortness of breath

After a few weeks, new bone and gum tissue will grow. It is important to note that after a while, having a tooth or missing teeth will cause the remaining teeth to move into another position which will affect the way you bite. Implants, dentures, or bridges will assist with this.

Tusk Dental provides gentle care! Why wait another day? Contact Tusk Dental and let us help you keep that beautiful smile healthy!