Posted .

As your 32 permanent teeth replace your 20 primary teeth, it is possible for one or more teeth to emerge from the gums too close to their neighbors. When this happens, the resulting overcrowding issues in that part of your mouth can lead to several complications. To prevent chips and fractures on the corresponding teeth in your bite pattern, Dr. Todd A. Williams might recommend extracting one or more teeth. This is even more likely to be the case if you are interested in also having your teeth realigned with braces.

This can be done in a single outpatient appointment. Most people choose to be deeply sedated while the implant is installed, so you will need to arrange to have someone drive you home afterward.

While your gums are healing, you’ll need to avoid chewing on hard foods on that side of your mouth. It’s also a good idea to avoid drinking through a straw. The suction could potentially pull a blood clot loose.

If we prescribe anti-inflammatory pain medication or antibiotics, you will need to take them as directed.

If the incision site starts to weep a little blood, you can control the bleeding by lightly biting down on a rolled-up piece of sterile gauze. Once the bleeding stops, you can rinse any lingering blood away with a gentle swish of lukewarm saltwater.

If you are struggling with an overcrowding issue in Dallas, Texas, you should call 214-691-0101 to schedule an appointment at Williams and Williams Facial and Oral Surgery.