Although modern dental practices advocate keeping natural teeth, sometimes there is no option but to consider extractions. Get in touch with us at HomeTown Dental at Irving if you feel you need to have teeth extracted so we can discuss your options, as well as suitable tooth replacement procedures.
Losing a tooth or multiple teeth might be concerning, but sometimes it is necessary if a tooth is causing pain, it is excessively decayed, or you have overcrowding. Tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures dentists carry out. It is relatively straightforward, typically carried out with a local anesthetic. When the tooth is visible, it is referred to as a simple extraction. When a tooth is broken, impacted or below the gumline, it is known as a surgical extraction and is carried out by an oral surgeon.
Preparing for a Tooth Extraction
We will take an x-ray of your tooth before arranging a day for you to come in for the procedure. You will need to tell us about any medications, including over-the-counter drugs and vitamin supplements that you take, as well as any medical conditions you have. We will ask you about your medical history and will need to ensure that diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and your immune system are stable and well-controlled. In some circumstances, we may prescribe antibiotics for you to take before your extraction.
On the day of your extraction, wear loose-fitting clothing and a short-sleeved garment if you are having intravenous (IV) anesthesia, and make sure you have made arrangements for someone to drive you home after the procedure.
If you develop a cold or have had nausea or vomiting the day before your procedure, get in touch with us as we may have to reschedule. Do not smoke before or after the procedure as it has a detrimental effect on tissue healing and may leave you more open to infection.
What is the procedure for a tooth extraction?
A local anesthetic will be given to you, which numbs the area around your tooth. Using an instrument called an elevator, the dentist will loosen the tooth and remove it with forceps. It may feel a little strange, but you will not feel any pain or discomfort.
You will receive a local anesthetic, and maybe another form of anesthesia, such as conscious sedation or general anesthetic. A small incision will be made in your gum to access the tooth so that it can be extracted. In some circumstances, the tooth may need to be broken into smaller pieces to remove it. Once all the teeth are removed, the cut in the gum is stitched to close it.
How Long Is the Recovery Period from a Tooth Extraction?
It will take several days to recover from a tooth extraction. A gauze pad is placed over the extraction site to help the blood clot. It is best to leave this in place for several hours. Take it easy and get plenty of rest for 24 hours. Do not smoke and use ice packs to help reduce swelling. Eat soft foods, gradually introducing other foods into your diet as your mouth begins to heal. Once you are completely healed, your next step could be a dental implant or bridge.
Schedule an appointment for your extractions with us at HomeTown Dental at Irving by phoning (682) 204-5777.