Dental Extractions 101

Dental Extractions 101

A dentist might be prompted to extract a tooth for several reasons. For example, your tooth might be extracted by a dentist if it becomes damaged in an accident or if the tooth is decaying and causing you physical harm. A tooth extraction is a procedure that will assist you to avert toothaches and other oral problems. Depending on the number of teeth that need to be removed, the dentist might give you a local or general anesthetic to ease your nervousness or to numb the operation area. You might experience light bleeding after the operation, this is normal and to be expected. Your dentist will then put gauze over the socket to encourage a clot to form to avoid excessive bleeding. You’ll have to take post-operative care to ensure proper recovery. Replace the gauze every 20 minutes or so and apply firm pressure to.

Things to Remember :

Rinsing your mouth with warm saline; the goal would be to wash out the field of extraction since it isn’t feasible to brush the socket. Rinsing is recommended 12 hours after your extraction. Thus, saline rinses assist in maintaining and cleaning the hygiene of the area.

Be sure to take your medications as prescribed by your physician. Drugs and pain killers will aid in reducing swelling and pain. If antibiotics have been given, they need to be taken with the prescribed dosage and time frame. If the pain persists after two weeks of bleeding and tooth extraction begins, then you need to call your dentist. Avoid taking aspirin as it is a blood thinner and will hinder your healing process.

The initial healing phase for the surrounding bone may take 3- 6 weeks to completely settle into position. However, pain should be diminishing from the second day. You should take plenty of rest for the first couple of days. Also, be sure to keep your head up when resting or sleeping by with 2 or 3 pillows to lessen swelling or bleeding.

Things to Avoid:

Try to reframe from smoking for at least 48 hours after your procedure. The compounds in the smoke may impact the clot and thus the odds of creating a dry raise. Do not eat solids immediately following your operation. You can begin eating solids again when you start regaining feeling in your jaw. You should also avoid hot drinks, spicy foods, sodas, and hard vegetables.

Do not poke inside of the gap that was made. Though for the first couple of days, it is going to feel somewhat awkward to have a gap but do not poke that region together with any toothpick or tongue as it might delay recovery, might provoke bleeding and may also result in a dry socket.

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