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What To Know About Tooth Extraction

by Brett Clark

There are several reasons you might need a tooth extracted, from gum disease to an overly crowded mouth. Most people worry about undergoing this procedure, but this quick guide can let you know what to expect.

Explain Your History                                                  

Before a tooth extraction takes place, your dentist will need to know about your dental and medical history. It's important to be open and upfront about any conditions and allergies you have, or operations you have been through, no matter how insignificant they seem. Even contraceptive pills and aspirin can affect the procedure.

Know Your Options

It's natural to be nervous about a tooth extraction. Thankfully, medical advances now mean that you won't feel anything like the pain which your ancestors had to endure. However, the operation is never going to be a pleasant experience. If you feel particularly anxious, just ask your dentist if they can provide a sedative. If you have a strong fear of the dentist, it is possible to go to the hospital for a general anaesthetic, in which case you will be completely unconscious during the procedure.

Understand The Operation

This first thing a dentist will do is apply an injection of local anaesthetic to completely numb the area, so you won't feel any pain. However, you will notice pressure, and hear certain noises. This can be quite distressing, so it's worth taking the time to know what will occur.

After the area is anesthetised, your dentist will widen the socket using either a tool called an elevator or a pair of dental forceps. You will likely feel the pressure from this, but no pain. Next, the tooth will be moved from side to side until it is loose enough to be removed. At this point, the dentist might have to exert pressure on your chest in order to pull the tooth away from its socket. This is frequently the most uncomfortable part of the procedure, but it's still nothing to worry about.

In some cases, the incisions will need to be made around the gum. The dentist may even need to drill away some of the bone in order to remove the root. If you're anxious, ask the dentist to explain what they're doing as they do it.

After the operation is completed, your dentist may put in stitches, and will give you some soft padding to bite in order to stop the bleeding.

Plan Your Recovery

If you had either general anaesthesia or a sedative, you'll need to find someone to drive you home. However, it can be nice to have someone there for you in any case. Try to take the rest of the day easy, and avoid hot or cold drinks, smoking, and alcohol for at least 24 hours. Try not to rinse your mouth out or exercise, as this can disturb the clot.

For more information, contact a specialist like Hillarys Dental Care.