Sometimes the best option for dental treatment is to have a tooth removed. While many patients are nervous at the prospect of having a tooth extracted, the process is, in many cases, fast and with little pain. Some reasons for having a tooth removed include severe tooth decay, irreparable damage, advanced gum disease, poor tooth positioning and pre-orthodontic treatment.
When extracting a tooth, the dentist will start by using the type of anesthesia most appropriate for your needs. This is done to prevent the patient from experiencing pain during the extraction process. As the tooth is being pulled, the patient may feel some pressure in the area, but they should not feel pain. Larger teeth might need to be cut into multiple sections before they can be safely removed.
It is very important to form a blood clot at the site of the extraction immediately after the tooth has been removed. By doing this, the healing process can start as quickly as possible. This is done by having the patient bite down on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes. After the blood clot has formed, the patient must take careful steps to avoid disturbing it. This involves refraining from using a straw, rinsing vigorously, smoking, intense exercise and using drugs or alcohol for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
It is common to experience some moderate pain at the site of the extraction after the local anesthesia wears off. This can be managed with painkillers and using ice packs to reduce the swelling. You should be able to resume normal oral hygiene activities approximately 24 hours after the procedure.
If you require a tooth extraction and you would like to learn more about the process and the associated post-op care, please contact us at (509) 326-8039 to schedule an appointment.