Nobody likes to think about losing a tooth. It’s a part of you, a part that’s been with you your whole life. And unfortunately, the tooth fairy doesn’t come for adults.
In most cases, we’ll do everything we can to preserve your teeth, but sometimes, extraction is the right choice for protecting the long-term health of your smile. When an extraction is necessary, you want to know that you can trust the team and the dentist who is performing your procedure. We respect that need for trust, and we honor the fact that our patients have chosen to entrust their oral health to our practice.
If you need an extraction, you have our word that we will perform your procedure with the greatest level of comfort possible and we’ll provide you with all the information you need for an excellent outcome.
Why Is an Extraction Needed?
Extractions are necessary for a number of reasons. Some of the most common we see are:
- Bacteria have invaded the inside of the tooth and are causing pain and threatening your other, healthy teeth.
- Your tooth is damaged to the point where it can no longer support a restoration like a crown.
- Advanced gum disease has caused your teeth to deteriorate and we are preparing you for dentures.
- You require orthodontic treatment and removing teeth will allow for a better outcome.
In all of these cases, we will review all your options with you so you know what to expect and you can make informed choices about your care and your health. We respect your decisions and will support you however we can.
Self-Care Following an Extraction
It’s important to take good care of yourself following an extraction so you have the best chances for healing well and avoiding complications. Dr. Mapes will give you instructions that are specific to your own needs, but in general, you can follow these guidelines:
- Take any prescribed medications as directed and be sure to finish antibiotics if these are needed.
- Rinse your mouth carefully to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket, which is important for healing.
- Don’t smoke following your treatment or drink liquids through a straw. This creates pressure in your mouth that can dislodge the clot.
- Stock your pantry and fridge with soft foods that will be easy and comfortable to eat. Good choices are hard boiled eggs, yogurt, smoothies, pudding, noodles, and lukewarm soups. Avoid foods that are very hot or cold since you are likely to be more sensitive.
Call for Your Evaluation
If you have a tooth that has been causing you difficulty, we encourage you to call our office and schedule a consultation with Queens dentist Dr. Ian Mapes. You will appreciate his compassion and his kindness as well as his skill!