An extraction may become necessary for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- A tooth has become too decayed or damaged to repair or restore
- A root canal has failed
- You are preparing for orthodontic treatment
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted (not fully erupted) and are affecting the health of your other teeth
- You have advanced gum disease having destroyed the bone surrounding the tooth/teeth.
Extractions can make some people nervous about going to the dentist. Our team at Riverbend Family Dentistry is there to make you as comfortable as possible. In fact, one of our greatest sense of joy is having a patient with dental anxiety that later tells us they actually look forward to coming to see us (Yes, that really happens!)
We also offer sedation options for patients that have a lot of dental anxiety. If you have any questions about our extraction process, sedation options, or the healing period afterward, give our office a call and we will be glad to help.
What Should I Expect At My Visit?
At your extraction appointment, the dentist will start by placing topical and local anesthetic to get you numb. Once you are fully numb, the dentist will extract the tooth. Usually the tooth can be out within a matter of seconds or minutes, and often times patients do not even realize that the removal is complete because they never experience any discomfort throughout the procedure. After the procedure, we will send you home with a post-operative care kit and ice pack to help with any swelling.
What Should I Expect After My Visit?
Everyone heals at different speeds and may have different levels of discomfort. With that in mind, here are some things you can do to promote healing.
- Stay ahead of the pain. Don’t wait for the pain to set in to take your pain medication.
- Take pain medication as directed. They also are anti-inflammatory and will keep swelling down.
- Ice the area for the first few hours and have a cold diet the first 24 hours. Heat will bring on swelling.
- Avoid messing with the area either directly or with hard or bulky foods. Also avoid straws and aggressive brushing.
- Gentle salt water rinses will help keep the area clean.
- Keep a healthy well balanced diet. You are what you eat and as things reconstruct those essential nutrients are in demand.
- STAY POSITIVE. An optimistic patient will have a noticeably enhanced healing and overall good experience.