Advanced dental problems can be frustrating, painful and in cases of serious infection, even pose risks to general health. During a visit to our clinic, your dentist may discover a molar or tooth that has been extensively damaged by tooth decay or gum disease. The dentist will then advise you to have the tooth extracted.
The process of teeth extraction
Our dentist will first explain the reasons a tooth extraction is necessary and the discuss the advantages and process of the procedure. A digital image of your jaw is then taken to allow the dentist to see the position of the problem tooth and surrounding teeth, how the roots run and whether there may be possible complications, including inflammation under the tooth.
What you expect during a tooth extraction
Typically, you will receive a local anesthetic for the extraction treatment. The dentist will then remove the tooth safely and as painlessly as possible. In some cases, the dentist may choose to break up the tooth or molar first, and then remove it in bits. The wound is then closed. Our dentists do their very best to make the entire process as comfortable as possible for our patients.
Healing after a tooth extraction
It is normal for the wound to bleed in the first 24 hours after a tooth extraction. Many people worry they are bleeding too much but this is often the result of a small amount of blood mixed with a large amount of saliva. Biting gently on a folded gauze will apply pressure to the wound which will help stop the bleeding. How quickly you completely recover will depend on your overall health. It is important that you keep your mouth and the extraction site as clean as possible, making sure that the wound is free of, for example, food particles. Avoid rinsing the mouth in the first 24 hours after the procedure, so as not to disturb the blood clot. To learn more or schedule an appointment for a tooth extraction, please get in touch with us now.