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Premolar Problems

What is a premolar?

Premolars are the teeth that are situated between the canines and the molars in humans. They are eight in number. They perform the functions of both the canines and the molars. They act like a bridge between the canines and the molars and help to transfer food from the canines to molars for grinding. Answered below are some of the most commonly asked questions about premolars that have been answered by Experts.

What can be done to reduce pain after the extraction of premolars?

Pain after the extraction of a premolar could be caused due to a dry socket. This can make the pain unbearable and can delay the healing process of the socket. In such a situation, the individual may take a stronger analgesic like Ketorolac. This medicine can help to relieve the pain. The individual may also avoid eating anything hot, spicy or hard till the individual meets the dentist again. In some cases, the cause of the pain could be an infection in the extraction sockets. If this is the case, then the sockets must be cleaned, disinfected and sutured.

Is it possible to glue a chipped premolar back in place?

In most cases, it may not be possible to glue a chipped premolar back in place. It may be possible to do so only under the circumstances given below:
• There is no filling on the tooth
• The chip is only one piece and easily fits back on the tooth
• The biting forces of the tooth on the opposite side do not hit the chipped tooth.

If gluing back the tooth does not work, one may try to bond an adhesive tooth colored filling into the area where the tooth chipped off. Another option may be to get a crown on the chipped premolar.

At what age do premolars erupt in an individual?

Premolars in an individual may erupt just after the molars fall out. This could be around ages 10 to 12. For further details about this, one can refer to a chart about the age of eruption of permanent teeth on the website of the American Dental Association. The chart may be found on the following link:
http://www.ada.org/public/topics/tooth_eruption.asp

What can an individual do to prevent infection after a premolar has been extracted?

In most cases, dentists may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection after the extraction of premolar teeth. One of the common antibiotics is Amoxicillin 500 mg to be taken 3 times a day for 5 days. If the patient is allergic to penicillin, then the individual may be prescribed Erythromycin. Besides the antibiotics, the individual may take certain steps at home in order to prevent an infection. In many cases, the individual may apply heat to the area of the extraction in order to drain out any abscess. He/she may also rinse the mouth frequently using hot salt water. The water may be as hot as the individual can tolerate. The rinsing will help to localize and drain any puss that may have got accumulated.

Not everyone may be able to understand dental terms and problems. As a result, it is only natural for you to feel lost or afraid when you suffer from infections or injuries of the teeth. The premolars are also a set of teeth that may be susceptible to issues like decay, infection or injuries. If you are suffering from any such problem, you may not know where exactly to look for information regarding treatment and general care. In such situations, you may speak to a dental Expert and get as much information about premolar care and treatment as possible.
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