A tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth. The reason why someone needs an extraction varies from patient to patient, as does how patients respond to the procedure.
Your Dentist of Torrance team understands how intimidating and even scary it can be to hear that you need a tooth extraction.
Part of the problem is fear of the unknown.
We want to take some of the mystery out of things so that you feel comfortable and confident when you show up for your tooth extraction procedure.
Today, we will share a few of the basics when it comes to what you need to know about tooth extractions. After reviewing this list, we recommend scheduling an appointment with your Torrance dentist if you still have questions or concerns. They’ll address all your concerns and answer your questions, so you feel prepared before your tooth extraction procedure.
Why does your Torrance dentist recommend a tooth extraction? There are a few reasons.
A simple extraction is when your dentist gently uses forceps to pull a tooth out of its socket. A surgical extraction consists of using a scalpel to create an incision into the gum tissue to access an impacted tooth or the roots of one that’s not easily extracted with forceps.
Your Torrance dentist will thoroughly numb your teeth and gums during your tooth extraction procedure. Because of this, you shouldn’t experience any pain, though you might feel some pressure.
To ensure your comfort, your dentist offers multiple sedation options, including:
You’ll be relaxed but still awake if you’re sedated with nitrous oxide or oral medication. IV sedation puts you out completely, so you sleep through the whole procedure.
After your appointment, you will likely experience some soreness at the extraction site once the anesthesia wears off. You might also feel jaw soreness. It isn’t uncommon for some facial swelling to occur, too. Anti-inflammatories, pain killers, and ice packs can help reduce your discomfort.
When you leave your tooth extraction appointment, your dental team will provide you with verbal and written post-op instructions. It is vital to your health, healing, and comfort to follow these instructions carefully.
A blood clot forms in the tooth socket within the first 24 hours after your procedure. Disturbing the blood clot can result in acondition called dry socket, which is very painful and will require additional treatment. You can avoid this by following your Torrance dentist’s post-op instructions carefully.
You might think that all you need to do is show up for your appointment. However, there’s a bit more involved. Your Torrance Dentist will review their specific pre-op recommendations with you well before your appointment.
At that appointment, your dentist will review your medical and dental histories. Information they’ll need from you includes:
Your dentist will also need to know if you have any of the following medical conditions because you might need medical clearance before your tooth extraction.
If you still have questions or concerns about getting a tooth extraction, we urge you to schedule a consultation with your Torrance dentist. As we mentioned previously, we want to take the mystery out of the tooth extraction procedure. Doing so will help you feel more confident about your treatment plan. And there’s nothing more important to us than making sure our patients feel confident, well taken care of, and comfortable.
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