As much as you may want to keep your natural teeth forever, sometimes a tooth extraction is inevitable. If your dentist has doomed your tooth beyond repair, you should prepare for extraction as soon as possible. If you’re wondering what the procedure entails and how you should prepare, this article will give some insight.
When preparing for tooth extraction, it’s essential to know exactly what type of extraction you’re having. Depending on your tooth’s condition, the dentist or oral surgeon may perform either of the following tooth extraction procedures:
This procedure is ideal for a virtually visible tooth. This procedure can be carried out by a general dentist in their dental practices. During the extraction, the dentist will begin by numbing the area of extraction with a local anesthetic.
They then use dental instruments such as forceps and an elevator to remove the tooth. The forceps are used to grasp the tooth while the elevator helps to loosen the tooth for extraction. After extraction, you’ll be given a gauze to bite on to control the bleeding.
Once the anesthetic wears off, it’s normal to feel a little discomfort or pain around the extraction area. The dentist may prescribe medication for the pain. Alternatively, you can use a cold compress on the cheek, on the outer side of the extraction area.
If your tooth isn’t visible, the dentist may have to remove it surgically. The dentist or oral surgeon begins by numbing the area. They then make an incision through the surrounding connective tissues to gain access to the tooth. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist stitches back the area.
Since the procedure involves surgery, it’s normal to experience pain and swelling after the anesthetic wears off. The dentist may prescribe antibiotics and painkillers to reduce discomfort. Alternatively, you can use ice cubes on the cheek for relief.
On the day of the extraction, keep in mind the following to ensure quality treatment:
After the tooth extraction, your dentist will give you several aftercare tips to ensure faster healing and recovery. Make sure to follow the aftercare instructions on the letter to avoid further discomfort, infection, and other complications. These instructions include:
While a tooth extraction is a standard procedure, it comes with risks. While pain, swelling, or bleeding are considered to be normal, you need to inform your dentist immediately if you experience these or other complications:
Generally, a dental extraction recovery takes about three days. However, recovery may be longer for a surgical patient. Once the area has healed, you should discuss next steps with your dentist to have the tooth replaced as soon as possible.
A missing tooth can distort your face, affect your bite, cause the adjacent teeth to move out of position, and affect your smile. Common restorative procedures for missing teeth are dental implants, bridges, and dentures.
For tooth extraction services, contact Lexington Dental Group today to book your appointment.