Do you require a tooth extraction? The more you understand about proper preparation and the recovery process, the smoother the experience will be. Fortunately, tooth extractions are extremely common and easy to perform. At Smile Designs Family Dentistry in Lexington, KY, tooth extractions are often performed to address jaw issues, extreme discomfort or pain, or issues caused by disease, trauma, or crowding.
Prior to your extraction, your oral surgeon or dentist will take an X-ray to help determine the best course of action. You will be asked to provide a full dental and medical history as well as a list of all medications you are currently taking. This should include prescription and over-the-counter drugs, supplements, and vitamins. You may be prescribed antibiotics to be taken before and after surgery.
Once seated in the dentist chair, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth, gums, jawbone, and tooth socket. During the procedure, you will feel pressure as your dentist expands the socket in order to remove the tooth. Though, as your nerves will be numbed, you should not experience any pain.
After the extraction, your dentist will discuss post-surgery instructions. Typically, patients will be able to resume their normal routine within one to three days of the procedure. During recovery, there are a few things you should anticipate:
- Swelling: Swelling is perfectly normal during the first 48-hours. Applying an ice pack or bag of frozen peas to the area will help alleviate swelling and minimize discomfort.
- Minor Pain: Some pain is to be expected. Your dentist will provide you with a prescription for pain medication as well as recommendations for over-the-counter pain relievers.
- Minimal Bleeding: Immediately following the surgery, your dentist will have you bite down gently on a gauze pad for 30-60 minutes to help form a blood clot. Minor bleeding is completely normal during the first 24 hours.
Patients can resume their normal eating and dental care routines as soon as they are comfortable. However, you may want to avoid hot, hard, or crunchy foods, alcohol, and using a straw during the initial 24 hours of recovery.
If you have questions or concerns regarding tooth extractions, Smile Designs Family Dentistry is the place to call. Offering a full range of general and cosmetic dentistry services, the oral health professionals at Smile Designs have you covered for the personalized, gentle, high-quality care you need to enjoy the smile you deserve. Visit their family dentistry practice online or call (859) 224-3200 to schedule an appointment.