For many reasons, sometimes we require a tooth or even several to be surgically removed. And while we always want to maintain as much healthy natural material as possible, sometimes the remaining structure is too unstable or weak to use. Or the infection may have grown significant enough that saving becomes impossible.
Whatever the situation may be, you have options as to how you would like your smile to fare in the future. Today, your Newport Beach, CA dentist walks you through the process after an extraction, and possible steps you can take to improve your smile for the future!
What Led To This?
It is important to first and foremost recognize the cause of your tooth loss, and whether there is a possibility of preventing the situation from happening in the future. If at all possible, we would like to ensure that this is the last time you lose dental material, and knowing your smile’s history can go a long way in future protection.
Future loss might be something that you are anticipating, however. This can happen for a variety of causes, including serious medication in cases such as cancer or HIV/AIDS. If this is the case, you will want to speak with your healthcare providers, and craft a plan for your future.
You will want to make sure to be as open and honest with them as you can, and let them know the other healthcare providers that you see, so that each can get as comprehensive of a view of your health as possible. The more we know, the better we can help!
Follow Aftercare Instructions
Always be sure to take heed to the instructions and warnings given to you after any dental procedure, and this is no exception. The dietary restrictions are particularly important here, as ignoring them can lead to issues like dry socket. Smoking and the use of straws are particularly harmful, as the sucking motion can remove the blood clot from the location.
Soft foods will also be necessary for a certain period of time, and the site will need to be kept clean while you heal. Some bleeding or oozing might occur at first, but if this becomes a lingering thing, make sure to speak with your dentist. It’s always more advisable to be too communicative with our offices than not enough.
When brushing, the use of toothpaste will not be advisable at first, either. The rinsing can lead to the blood clot dislodging, re-exposing the wound. But be sure to keep your mouth clean using a saltwater rinse throughout the day, per your instructions from your provider.
With your problem tooth removed, you can speak with your dentist about what you’d like to do next. You may require a bone graft to stabilize the area, and that also may be necessary for the setting of an implantation post. A bridge might also be a solution for you.
Call Us For More Information!
If you have any questions about how to best move forward, please give Dr. Hofkes at Balboa Dental Surgery a call at (949)630-0143. Or stop by our office here in Newport Beach, CA!