When your dentist using the words “tooth extraction” it can cause your heart to skip a beat. It is understandable that you may be nervous, but the truth is that tooth extractions are a fairly common and simple dental procedure and the methods used today help the patient to experience minimal pain. And if your dentist has recommended an extraction, it is to help prevent more serious problems in the future.
We understand you have questions and have attempted to answer some of the most common questions about tooth extraction here.
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
There are many reasons why your dentist might recommend extraction. These include overcrowding, infection, trauma or making room for braces.
Are you SURE I need a tooth extraction?
At Sapphire Dental, we consider tooth extraction a last resort. If there is a possibility that the tooth can be saved through some other method such as root canal therapy, we will try that first.
How long is the recovery?
Chances are that after a tooth extraction you will experience some discomfort and swelling for one or two days. Your gums should be completely healed within two weeks.
How do I care for my mouth after a tooth extraction?
Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for your mouth. It may involve using fresh sterile gauze to help control the bleeding. They may also prescribe an antibiotic if there is any concern of infection. Make sure you follow your dentist’s instructions to the letter.
Do you have any other tips for recovery?
Yes, there are a number of things that you can do to help ease and prevent irritation while you are recovering from a tooth extraction. These including avoiding hot or spicy foods, trying not to touch the extraction site with your tongue, not smoking and not using straws.
Eating cold and soft foods such as ice cream is also a good idea to help relieve irritation.
What is a dry socket?
Dry socket is a possible complication that can arise after a tooth extraction. It looks like a hole in the bone but it is really a dislodged blood clot. If you experience a dry socket, you should seek emergency dental care to prevent it from leading to infection.
If you have more questions about tooth extraction or any other dental procedure, you can always contact the team at Sapphire Dental at 905-878-8760. We would be happy to speak with you!