Serenity Family Dentistry – Oral Surgery
At Serenity Family Dentistry in Charlotte, we understand that even through good oral hygiene and preventative care, that there are times when oral surgery is needed. Common causes can range from poor dental care, injury, impacted teeth or having wisdom teeth extracted.
Your dentist will evaluate your condition and make recommendations for your care.
Preventative care along with regularly scheduled dental checkups go far in recognizing many oral diseases before it becomes necessary to remove teeth. Regular cleanings, periodontal work, and sealants help curb gum disease.
With gum disease, gums can weaken to the point where they can no longer keep teeth secured. They may loosen. When gum disease advances too much, your dentist may recommend pulling the tooth. Root canals address dying nerves in teeth. When left unmanaged, the tooth can weaken at the root to a point where it needs to come out.
Baby teeth may need to be extracted to make room for primary teeth to grow in.
Why pull wisdom teeth? Wisdom teeth come in late. When they arrive, they often grow in at different angles than your other teeth. When they grow toward another tooth, they crowd your other teeth. This is called impacted teeth. Having impacted wisdom teeth can result in extreme pain where the teeth meet. It can also force other teeth to grow in a different direction as the wisdom tooth grows. Worse it could severely damage neighboring teeth.
With wisdom teeth located so far in the back of the mouth, they are also harder to clean thoroughly resulting in a higher chance of gum disease.
Many people put off having wisdom teeth extracted because think it will hurt. With oral sedation or local anesthesia, you should experience very little pain, but you could sense pressure as the teeth are pulled.
After Oral Surgery Care
Be sure to talk to your oral surgeon about how to care for your mouth as you recover. Avoid chewing harder foods during recovery. Stick with foods like:
- Smoothies and shakes
- Mashed potatoes
After your surgery, your dentist may prescribe pain relievers, but over-the-counter pain medicine may be effective if you are not in too much pain. Also:
- Rinse your mouth out throughout the day with warm salt water
- Resist hard foods
- Resume brushing your teeth as you become more comfortable taking care to be gentle near the wounds
- For wisdom teeth, keep gauze in a while after surgery
- Watch for excessive bleeding
Your smile is your first impression. Serenity Family Dentistry has helped children and adults to find their perfect smiles. For more information, call us for a personal consultation.
At Serenity Family Dentistry in Charlotte, we are creating beautiful smiles with a gentle touch.