Learning that one or more of your teeth must be pulled can be scary. Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, though, tooth extraction is actually a fairly simple procedure. If you’re still unsure about making the appointment, knowing what to expect can help put you at ease. Here is what you should know about having teeth extracted.
There are two kinds of tooth extraction procedures: simple and surgical. In a simple extraction, which is used when the tooth is visible, your dentist will start by administering a local anesthetic. If you have ever had a tooth filling, it will feel similar to that procedure. After the area is sufficiently numb, the dentist will use special instruments to gently loosen and then remove the tooth.
During a surgical extraction, on the other hand, you will receive intravenous anesthesia in addition to the local anesthetic. Depending on the circumstances, you may or may not be conscious for the procedure. After the anesthesia has had its intended effect, the dentist will make a small incision in the gums and cut the impacted tooth out.
Most people recover from a tooth extraction in a matter of days. To reduce pain and swelling during recovery, you can apply an ice pack to the cheek for 10 minutes at a time. Your dentist will also provide specific instructions to care for the wound immediately after the procedure and in the days that follow. For example, you will be advised to leave the gauze in place for several hours and to relax for the first day.
Once a clot has formed, you can remove the gauze, but you must avoid the extraction site when brushing and flossing. You must also avoid smoking, using a straw, and rinsing for the first 24 hours following the procedure. Over-the-counter medication or prescription drugs can help alleviate any pain during recovery, but you should feel well enough to resume your normal schedule within two or three days.
If you need a tooth extraction, turn to Blome Family Dentistry in Lincoln, NE. Their friendly team is proud to have a warm and welcoming environment, where patients feel comfortable regardless of the reason for their visit. They even have stuffed animals for patients to hold during every procedure. To learn more about Dr. Greg Blome, DDS and the rest of his team, visit the practice online. To make an appointment with a knowledgeable family dentist, call (402) 483-7000.