The Unavoidable Extractions

Published: 2019-09-12

Doctors complete tooth extractions on a regular basis. While the procedure is routine for a doctor, patients need guidance on how to properly take care of the extraction to prevent infection or even dry sockets. It is very important the wound is taken care of and cleaned so that it can heal properly and quickly.

When you undergo an extraction, you will be given an anesthetic to ease the pain of the procedure. The anesthetic will also allow for relaxation which relieves anxiety for the patient. If you are going through a wisdom tooth extraction, you will be given an IV sedative and a numbing anesthetic for your mouth. After your surgery, your mouth will remain numb for a few hours due to the anesthetic. When your numbness dissipates, you should take your prescribed medication so you don’t feel the pain. Along with these medications, your doctor will give you antibiotics, as this will help fight any infection. If your procedure is a typical extraction, you will have numbing shots provided by your doctor, and on occasion nitrous oxide.

After the extraction surgery, it is typical that a blood clot forms in the tooth socket. Try to avoid smoking, rinsing your mouth vigorously, or drinking through a straw, as these things may dislodge the clot, causing more pain and potential infection. To take care of the clot, it is important to rinse your mouth gently with saltwater, which will clean the wound and to eat soft cold foods. Cold foods, such as smoothies are nutritious in value and will aid in the swelling.

Your doctor will inform you of any measures you should take following your tooth extraction. Complete healing depends on the patient, but should not last longer than three weeks. During this time, you will face some swelling, so putting ice on the spot will help.

Tooth extractions may take place for many reasons, depending on the person. While they may be unavoidable, especially in the case of wisdom teeth, to protect yourself from needing an extraction, practice good oral health. Brushing your teeth and flossing on a routine basis will allow you to maintain a healthy mouth, and strong teeth and gums.

In the case the extraction is unavoidable, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions.

Contact your dentist for a consultation if you are experiencing any toothache pains that may result in an extraction.

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