Wearing braces can dramatically change your appearance and improve your oral health. Before receiving braces, some patients might need a tooth extraction. Most of the time, teeth are extracted before orthodontic treatment to create more room in the oral cavity.
Braces work by applying consistent pressure to teeth to facilitate their movement. If there is not enough room for movement, removing teeth could help ensure patients get the results they desire. Those who have wisdom teeth, supernumerary teeth, or a crowded mouth may need a tooth extraction prior to orthodontic treatment.
Will a tooth extraction hurt?
Our team takes the comfort of our guests very seriously. Before performing a tooth extraction, our dentist will administer local anesthetics to treatment areas. These anesthetics temporarily block the nerves surrounding treatment sites. Local anesthetics ensure that our patients are comfortable throughout their procedures.
If a person has dental anxiety, we might administer nitrous oxide – a drug-free service that helps relieve discomfort and promote relaxation. Nitrous oxide is safe for patients of all ages and helps maintain a comfortable experience during oral healthcare procedures.
Tenderness after a tooth extraction is normal. Post-operative discomfort can be managed with over the counter pain medication and cold compresses to the outside of the face.
What should I eat after a tooth extraction?
Once you’ve had a tooth removed, it is important to treat extraction sites with care for optimal healing. We recommend temporary diet changes after your procedure to avoid irritation. Liquids like smoothies and soups, along with soft items such as pureed and mashed vegetables are great meal options. Using a straw to consume drinks is not recommended as the suction could disturb extraction sites.
After your procedure, our team will give you a helpful packet of information that details what you should and shouldn’t eat the days following your tooth extraction. Be sure to call our office if you have any questions.
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