An extraction is recommended when a tooth is severely damaged or is causing major issues for other teeth. The process involves pulling the tooth from the socket. Although the idea of having a tooth removed can make some patients feel uncomfortable, it is sometimes necessary to achieve positive oral health.
When providing a tooth extraction, one or more forms of dental sedation may be provided. This is done to help keep the patient comfortable and relaxed during the extraction process. At Stein Family Dentistry, we offer both local anesthetics and laughing gas. A local anesthetic will numb the area and prevent the patient from feeling pain as the tooth is being pulled. Laughing gas will reduce the patient’s anxiety and help them remain calm. Our experts will make sure to discuss sedation options prior to conducting a tooth extraction.
If we do determine that an extraction is necessary, we will start by taking digital X-rays of the area. These X-rays will allow us to plan on the safest and easiest way to successfully remove the tooth. From there, any forms of dental sedation that are being used will be appropriately administered.
Following an extraction, our top priority is to control any bleeding. This is done by having the patient bite down on a piece of gauze for roughly 30 to 45 minutes. The constant pressure will create a blood clot at the extraction site. The patient must then be very careful not to disturb the blood clot in any fashion. They will be instructed to avoid using drugs or alcohol, using a straw, rinsing vigorously and participating in any intense exercise for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Most patients manage to completely recover after a few days.
There are a few things that a patient can do in order to help with the recovery process. By using an ice pack on the outer cheek closes to the extraction, the patient can reduce swelling. An ice pack should only be applied for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. A warm compress can be applied after swelling has subsided. This will help keep the patient comfortable. Patients generally find that it is best to avoid any tough or chewy foods following a tooth exaction, but the patient should still make sure the consume proper nutrients, as it is helpful for recovery. If necessary, we can discuss options for replacing the tooth following the procedure.
If you require a tooth extraction, the experts at Stein Family Dentistry will work to make the process as easy and as painless as possible. We’ll do everything we can to restore the quality of your oral health. Please call us at (509) 747-5586 to schedule an appointment.
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