Dr. Lohner’s skills as a surgeon allow him to perform intricate oral surgeries, including tooth extractions, wisdom tooth removal, gum surgery and the insertion of dental implants. At Lexington Heights Dental, we utilize superior techniques and have the state-of-the art equipment and advanced facilities necessary to perform oral surgery procedures in a safe, convenient and effective manner. In order to have a supremely successful outcome following surgery, you must be aware of what to expect before, during and following treatment. Patient education is essential to achieving the results that you want and the results your smile needs. Understanding the process in which your procedure will be performed will help you understand the need for treatment. Often, a patient needs a tooth, or several teeth, to be extracted before overcrowding or structural damage within their smile occurs.
Reasons for A Tooth Extraction
It is almost always best to keep your natural teeth because they support jaw health and are more effective at chewing and speaking than dental restorations. However, if a tooth causes harm to your mouth and cannot be healed, then we may recommend an extraction. A few of the reasons for a tooth extraction include:
- Severe infection (such as periodontal disease) that has destroyed a significant portion of the tooth and supporting bone structure
- Serious decay that has damaged a tooth beyond repair, making a successful restoration impossible
- Crowding caused by having too many teeth to fit properly in the mouth
How to Care for Your Mouth After a Tooth Extraction
After our dentists and team perform a tooth extraction, we will give you detailed instructions on how to care for your mouth afterwards. Some of these instructions may include the following:
- Bite down on a piece of gauze to help stop bleeding.
- Take some time to rest and avoid vigorous activity because bleeding can resume if you increase your blood pressure.
- Avoid actions that may dislodge the blood clot that has formed in the extraction site because it is essential for healing. Actions to avoid include rinsing vigorously, drinking with a straw and probing the site.
- If you experience swelling, apply a cold compress to your cheek over the extraction site.
- Rinse your mouth gently after meals. You can use a saltwater rinse, or we may prescribe a medicated mouth wash.
- Avoid eating hot, crunchy or spicy foods after the procedure because they can cause irritation. Eat soft foods until you feel comfortable enough to resume your normal diet.
- Be sure to continue to brush and floss your teeth, but avoid cleaning the area around the extraction site until it has healed.
Please call Lexington Heights Dental today if you would like to learn more about tooth extraction in Cedar Hills, Utah. We are pleased to also care for our friends from the nearby areas, including American Fork, Lehi and Highland, Utah. We are always willing to help you and answer your questions.