It’s normal to be nervous about a tooth extraction. If you’re feeling unsure about what to expect, read our FAQs and give us a call! We’re here to help guide you and ensure your comfort every step of the way.
If dental extraction is recommended, your dentist will begin by giving you an injection to numb the area where the tooth will be pulled. You can also ask Dr. Sibia about sedation. There are different types of sedation, and if you are very nervous about the dental extraction procedure it is possible you can be sedated so that you are asleep and unaware of what is happening during the procedure.
If your tooth is impacted, your dentist will have to cut away any tissue that is in the way. Then, he will rock the tooth back and forth, gently, until it is loose enough to come out. If it is extremely difficult to remove, it might have to be removed in pieces.
After extraction, the site will be closed with self-dissolving stitches, and pack gauze into the site to control bleeding.
Most patients say that, with a dental extraction, there is mild to moderate pain. Dr. Sibia may prescribe a painkiller for you, or you can use an over-the-counter medication. It is important that you take pain medication before you start to feel discomfort, and that you take it on a full stomach.
After dental extraction, you can expect some bleeding. Keep slight pressure on the gauze for at least half an hour, so that a blood clot can form over the site. Avoid smoking, using drinking straws, and drinking alcohol or carbonated beverages for a few days after your surgery because these can cause the wound to begin bleeding again.
You may also have some swelling. Use a cold compress on the outside of the mouth for the first 24 hours — 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. After that, a heating pad or moist heat is safe to use. If you use heat within the first 24 hours, it can cause bleeding at the surgery site. When you lie down, lie with your head slightly elevated to help pain and swelling.
Although you may not feel like eating, it is important to try. You shouldn’t take pain medication on an empty stomach. And, getting adequate nutrition helps your body to heal, helps you to heal faster, and will make you feel better too. Start with cold liquids — Ensure or Instant Breakfast can help build strength. Then, progress to soft foods, such as gelatin, pudding, yogurt, mashed potatoes, ice cream, or thin soups. Chew on the side of the mouth opposite the surgical site.
If you were given a prescription for antibiotics, make sure you use all of them, and use them as directed. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic mouthwash.
Plan on resting for the rest of the day after the extraction, and the next day. Although after that you can resume most of your normal activities, you should avoid strenuous exercise or other similar activities for about a week after surgery.
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