Get a Tooth Pulled in Englewood
Sometimes we have patients who need a tooth extraction.
Though we do all we can to save a tooth, sometimes getting teeth pulled is necessary, because teeth are overcrowded, impacted, or severely damaged. However, tooth removal does not have to be a frightening thing.
All our Englewood dentists have done many tooth extraction procedures. We make sure our patients are comfortable and we even offer dental sedation before tooth removal to help patients feel even more relaxed.
Tooth Replacement Options
In the event that a tooth needs to be pulled, your missing tooth does not have to be a permanent part of your smile. At Vitangeli Dental, we offer a variety of tooth replacement options to help you get back the full functionality and appearance of your smile after your tooth extraction.
Dental Implant | A dental implant is usually the best option for replacing a missing tooth after a tooth extraction. That is because once it is in place, it is permanent. A dental implant procedure will include an appointment for the placement of the implant post, followed by an appointment to attach a dental crown to the post. Your new tooth implant will be color and size-matched to the rest of your smile and will act and appear just like your natural teeth.
Dental Bridge | A dental bridge can also be used to replace missing teeth from a tooth extraction when a dental implant is not appropriate or when more than one tooth in a row is missing. A dental bridge consists of a series of synthetic teeth that are supported on either side by dental crowns placed on top of your permanent teeth. Dental bridges are also custom-made to precisely match the look of your natural teeth and will have you talking and chewing like normal.
Tooth Extraction Post-Op Instructions
After your tooth extraction or tooth removal, follow these instructions to make sure your recovery is fast and smooth.
Pain Management | Take the painkillers we prescribe after you have your teeth pulled. Also, applying an ice or cold pack to the outside of your mouth can relieve any tooth pain or swelling.
After 24 hours, prepare a mouth rinse with 1 tsp (5 g) of salt in a medium-sized glass [8 fl oz (240 mL)] of warm water and rinse your mouth gently several times a day. This will help with swelling and may relieve pain after your tooth extraction.
Wound Care | After you have teeth pulled, change your gauze pads before they are soaked with blood. Take it easy after your tooth removal surgery. Too much activity may increase bleeding. Do not lie flat. This can prolong any bleeding. Prop up your head with pillows.
Do not use sucking motions, and do not use a straw. Avoid smoking after having your teeth pulled. Continue to gently brush your teeth and tongue after your tooth extraction.
Diet | Eat soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, or a thin soup after tooth removal. Gradually add solid foods to your diet as healing progresses after having your teeth pulled, but be careful with anything too spicy or too crunchy. (Many of our patients favor mashed potatoes.)
Find Out If You Need a Tooth Removed
If you are wondering if you need to have a tooth pulled for any reason, give Vitangeli Dental a call today! We’re here to help you if you are in the Englewood area, including Brookville and Dayton.