Dental Extraction: What to Expect


Dental Extraction: What to Expect

Nobody is keen on getting their tooth extracted, but in some cases, it may be inevitable.

The reasons for tooth extraction can be many. Often, it is a decayed tooth that is starting to affect the growth of other teeth in the mouth.

This may lead to overcrowding and misalignment. Chances of infection or development of a gum disease also escalate. It could also be a wisdom tooth.

Here are some things you should expect when opting for a dental extraction.

Procedural Implications

A complicated dental procedure should be trusted in the hands of a relibale family dentisty service. If you are a resident of Bethesda, dental experts at Bethesda Dental Health are there to guide you through the dental extraction process.

  • The tooth removal region is desensitised using anesthetics. In case of an impacted tooth a stronger anesthetic is required. This will numb the pain that may result from the procedure.
  • The gum and bone tissue that seems to grow around the impacted tooth is first carefully removed.
  • Next, forceps are used to lossen the tooth from its roots.
  • A blood clot commonly forms when the tooth is removed. A guaze pad is placed between your teeth to help control the bleeding.
  • In certain cases, the site where your teeth is extracted may need to be secured with stitches. These are often self-dissolving in nature.
  • A condition known as a ‘dry socket’ may develop if the blood clot breaks loose. This may lead to excruciating pain equiring the dentist to treat it with sedative dressing.

Self-Care Tips

The tooth extraction process does not end here. Your family dentist will advice you to give special attention to the operated area to ensure a speedy recovery.

Following these tips will help soothe the pain, minimize chances of infection, and prevent discomfort.

  • The guaze pad should not be removed after extraction. Make it a point to keep it in place for at least 3-4 hours to prevent blood.
  • Take prescribed painkillers, if need be.
  • An ice-pack applied to the affected area can do wonders to reduce swelling.
  • Rinsing should be done with extreme care. Undue force may cause the blood clot to break.

Do You Need To Call The Dentist?

After the effects of the anesthetic wear off, it is natural to experience some discomfort. However, if the pain persists for more than 24–48 hours accompanied by swelling and bleeding, speak with your dentist.

Feel free to contact our dental experts at (301) 654-1887.


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