A tooth extraction is one of the most straightforward procedures offered at a dentist’s office. Yet, there are many variable factors that can make the straightforward process of tooth extraction a little more involved.
Take a look at some of the key things to know before your tooth extraction, along with some important things you’ll want to keep in mind during and after your procedure.
What to Expect Before the Procedure
Before your tooth extraction, you and your dentist will need to discuss your current health. You may need to take supplements, antibiotics or other medications before your tooth extraction for one of the following reasons or for similar issues:
- Compromised immune system
- You currently have an infection
- A chronic health issue
- You have strong dental anxieties
What to Expect During the Procedure
You may have a brief teeth cleaning done ahead of your procedure and then receive a shot of a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth where your dentist will be working. Don’t worry – you won’t feel any pain as your dentist carefully extracts your tooth. You may feel a bit of pressure, but not much more.
If you’ve got strong dental anxieties, and you let your staff know, they’ll give you a sedative for anxiety before your procedure begins. You probably won’t fall asleep from the sedative, but your response times will be slowed and those racing thought will slow as well.
What to Expect After the Procedure
After your procedure, you’ll have to bite down on the gauze covering the extraction site and swap it for fresh gauze when it becomes too bloody. You’ll need to do this for the first couple of hours, until a blood clot starts to form at the site and the bleeding stop.
Here are a few more things you’ll need to after your procedure:
- Keep your head elevated, even while resting
- Get plenty of rest to expedite healing
- Avoid smoking, especially during the first few days
- Avoid spitting or drinking from a straw
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published on August 30, 2019