Oral Surgeons & Dentists recommend tooth extractions for a number of reasons, including overcrowding and significant damage that means the tooth cannot support a crown or filling. Since this is a surgical procedure, many people worry about what will happen. The following guide explains the steps of a tooth extraction, so you feel less stress about an upcoming appointment.
A few days before the procedure, an oral surgeon will ask questions about your medical history and request a list of your current medication regimen to get a better understanding of your overall health. This information helps them assess the possible risks of the tooth extraction, such as an interaction between your medication and the anesthetic. They will also take X-rays of your mouth to determine the best way to remove the tooth.
At the beginning of the tooth extraction, the oral surgeon will provide either a local or general anesthetic. This ensures you will not experience discomfort during the procedure.
After the tooth extraction, you will be given detailed instructions for recovery. The oral surgeon may prescribe painkillers, which should be taken until the discomfort subsides. They might also recommend resting with your head elevated . If you experience swelling, apply ice packs to the affected area to reduce inflammation.
Whether you are experiencing chronic mouth pain or are due to have your wisdom teeth removed, the team at Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will guide you through your tooth extraction options. With convenient locations in Hagerstown and Frederick, MD, and Martinsburg, WV, these experienced oral surgeons make it easy to get the care you need for a healthy smile. To schedule an appointment, call (301) 733-2500 for the practice in Hagerstown, (301) 694-0870 to reach the office in Frederick, or (304) 263-0091 for the Martinsburg location. Visit their website for more information about their services.