There are many reasons why people need to have a tooth extracted. The tooth could be damaged, infected, decayed, or eroded and need to come out. Extractions are one of the most common dental procedures with millions of people have their wisdom teeth removed every year and millions more having simple or surgical extractions. Mobile tooth extractions ensure that everyone that needs a tooth extracted can get one, even those who are homebound.
What Is a Mobile Tooth Extraction?
A mobile tooth extraction is simple an extraction that takes place outside of the dental office. Mobile dentists are able to come to your home or residential community, rehabilitation center, or nursing home to perform mobile tooth extractions. There are two different type of extractions that can be performed.
Simple Extractions- A simple extraction is for a tooth that is visible above the surface of the gum. A tooth that can be pulled out and does not require cutting into the gum to extract. Simple mobile tooth extractions often use local analgesics to relieve pain such as numbing creams or a numbing shot.
Surgical Extractions- When a tooth is below or has not erupted from the gum line, which is often the case with wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction is needed. During a mobile tooth extraction, the dentist will need to cut into your gum in order to release the tooth and extract it. Surgical extractions are often performed by oral surgeons; however, mobile dentists who are not oral surgeons can also perform mobile tooth extractions that are surgical.
How to Prepare for Mobile Tooth Extractions
Your dentist or oral surgeon may give you pain pills to take before you come into the procedure. You should follow his instructions on taking the medication. Often times, these medications can also help with swelling and bleeding during and after your procedure.
Try to stay relaxed before your procedure. If you are having a simple mobile tooth extraction performed you most likely will not be put to sleep or given anesthesia. Patients that need multiple simple mobile tooth extractions may need anesthesia, though this is also unlikely. Patients should make sure to discuss with their mobile dentist what their pain management plan looks like.
Caring For Teeth After Mobile Tooth Extractions
If your tooth was infected, you may be prescribed antibiotics to take. These will prevent the infection from spreading if it is in your gums. If you have had mobile tooth extraction surgery, antibiotics are also sometimes given to prevent infections.
Along with antibiotics, your mobile dentist will prescribe something for pain management after the procedure. Make sure to take your medication as prescribed to prevent pain. In addition to taking medications, there are several other rules you will adhere to while your mouth is healing after mobile tooth extraction.
- Do not rinse your mouth for 72 hours
- Change gauze every 30 minutes for the first two hours
- Do not smoke
- Do not drink from a straw
- Avoid sodas and other carbonated drinks
- If bleeding is excessive, call your dentist immediately
- Only use mouth rinses prescribed by your mobile dentist
Why Do Infected Teeth Need Mobile Tooth Extraction?
What is the big deal with needing mobile tooth extractions for infected teeth? Can’t you just wait for it to fall out? Some people question whether they need to have a tooth extracted. They may be worried about the cost, pain, or be scared of the dentist. Perhaps even all three; however, it is important to understand the damage that infected teeth can spread if mobile tooth extractions are not performed.
An acute abscess, infected tooth, can cause swelling and in extreme cases lead to a brain abscess, sinus infection, or swelling so severe it can restrict the airway. Infected teeth can also be extremely painful and sensitive to temperatures. Biting, eating, and drinking can be difficult with pain caused by abscesses. Infections can also lead to gum disease, tooth loss, and can lead to emergency room visits.
A tooth infection will not go away on its own. The abscess will continue to get worse until it is unbearable for the patient. A tooth infection does not always lead to a mobile tooth extraction, however. When an abscess is caught early, antibiotics and a hygiene or deep cleaning can be performed to stop the spread of bacteria and cure the infection.
Signs of A Tooth Infection
You may need a mobile tooth extraction if you have a tooth infection. If you are showing any signs of tooth infection you should call your mobile dentist. Signs of infection include:
- Severe toothache that is ongoing
- Sensitivity to temperature
- Trouble biting or chewing
- Swelling in your face or jaw
- Tender, swollen lymph nodes in your neck
- Pockets of fluids in the gum around the tooth. These pockets can burst causing foul smelling and bad tasting fluid to fill the mouth
If you need a mobile tooth extraction or are showing signs of a tooth infection, call Brown Mobile Dental today at 817-335-5555