What To Expect In A Tooth Extraction
A tooth extraction may be required if you have severely decayed tooth, there is advanced periodontal disease, the tooth is broken and irreparable, poorly positioned tooth, and when it’s a necessary part of orthodontic treatment. Since the removal of even a single tooth can severely impair your dental health, extractions should be done only by highly-qualified and experienced dental experts to avoid complications.
Tooth Extraction Process
The dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the nerves around the area of the tooth, gums, and jaw bone. During the extraction, the tooth will be firmly rocked to widen the socket, and you will feel its pressure but not the pain.
Why Sectioning A Tooth Is Needed
During extraction, tooth sectioning may be carried out. In a sectioning procedure, the tooth is cut into sections, and then each section is removed one at a time. The procedure may be needed for a tooth that’s firmly anchored in its socket. Sectioning is also required if the root is curved and the socket can’t be expanded for tooth removal.
Post Tooth Extraction Follow-Up
Following the extraction, it’s vital that there is a formation of a blood clot, which can stop bleeding and start the healing process. The blood clot should not be dislodged or disturbed due to vigorous rinsing, sucking on straws, drinking, smoking or brushing teeth next to the extraction site for 72 hours. If there’s bleeding after the extraction, bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes, and continue the same if bleeding persists. Avoid strenuous exercise to prohibit bleeding.
After the extraction, you may feel some pain and swelling, which can be addressed by putting an ice pack on the area and taking prescribed pain or antibiotics medication. After 48 hours, the pain and swelling subside, and if it does not, you should contact your dentist.
After 24 hours of the extraction, resume brushing and flossing your teeth at least once a day as it will speed up healing and after 2-3 days of the extraction you can continue your regular activities.
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