Tooth extraction is necessary when the tooth is decayed or damaged. A tooth can be decayed if it has lost its enamel, which makes it brittle and prone to chipping. Decay also leads to infections in your mouth.
Wisdom teeth extraction is also done to prevent other problems like jaw swelling and pain. Our dentist in Livonia can also perform tooth removal for various reasons, including gum disease and orthodontic treatment.
There are different types of tooth extraction–surgical and nonsurgical. The nonsurgical extraction means dental forceps or pliers remove the tooth from its socket.
A surgical extraction is done when you have impacted teeth and involves cutting the gums to access the teeth. The recovery from surgical extraction takes longer than the nonsurgical extraction.
You may experience side effects like:
After tooth extraction, you must take painkillers and keep the wound clean. You should also avoid eating hot and cold foods, drinking alcohol, and smoking cigarettes.
Also, avoid biting or chewing hard, spicy or hot foods until the gums have healed completely.
You can eat after tooth removal, but it’s best to eat soft and less chewy foods like soups, mashed potatoes, and eggs. After a few days, you can get back to your normal diet. You should also avoid acidic foods, alcohol, smoke, and gum-chewing until the pain has subsided. Eating a nutritious diet and teeth-friendly foods that support gum healing is important.
Hydration is important, but it is recommended to drink only small amounts of water during this period so as not to put too much pressure on inflamed gums by having them get swollen.
If your tooth is extracted, you’ll want to avoid eating anything with a hard shell for at least two weeks after the extraction—including ice cream and other frozen desserts.
This is because hard and crunchy foods can irritate the extraction site and cause bleeding. Additionally, hard and crunchy foods can dislodge the blood clot that forms in the socket, which can delay healing. So, if you’ve had a tooth pulled, stick to soft foods for a few days.
Chew on one side, avoiding the extraction site for a couple of days until the gums heal; otherwise, it could cause pain and swell in that area (and even lead to infection).
Using a straw can put unnecessary pressure on your healing gums and cause them to bleed. Furthermore, a blood clot forms in the socket to facilitate healing. Drinking with a straw can cause the blood clot to break, causing pain and lengthening the healing process. Additionally, stick to water and avoid hot drinks or alcohol. Also, avoid smoking, as this can also cause bleeding.
Smoking or chewing tobacco predisposes you to gum disease, tooth decay, and oral cancer. Smoking makes you more likely to develop gum infections and have trouble healing after dental procedures. It is advisable to stop smoking a few weeks before and after the teeth are removed to ensure your gums heal properly.
Do not forget to take your pain medication and antibiotics as prescribed. This will help you manage any discomfort and prevent infection.
Visit Willow Wood Dental for more information about tooth extraction in Livonia and what you can expect during and after the procedure.