PRESCOTT TOOTH EXTRACTIONS
Prescott Dental Arts offers Tooth Extractions for your family in Prescott, Arizona
It’s common to cringe at the consideration of having a tooth extracted, however, extracting a tooth is sometimes the best way to prevent even more painful issues in the future. Here are a few suggestions to help you understand and prepare for a tooth extraction.
A tooth extraction may be recommended because the tooth is badly decayed or damaged beyond repair or restoration. Another reason is if your mouth is overcrowded and a tooth must be removed to reduce the overcrowding and to avoid the complications that can occur. A tooth may be extracted to reduce the risk of infection, or when gum disease has caused teeth to loosen.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
For a simple extraction, Dr. Herbert will give you a local anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. If the extraction is more difficult or involves multiple teeth, it may be receiving to a stronger general anesthetic to avoid the pain and make you sleep through the entire procedure.
After the tooth has been extracted, a blood clot will form in the socket. This is normal and necessary for proper healing. You must not disturb this clot, especially during the first few hours following the extraction. If the blood clot happens to break, you may induce a painful condition named dry socket, which will require Dr. Herbert to place a sedative dressing over the socket to form a new clot.
After The Tooth Extraction
Once you’ve had the tooth extracted, it’s important to follow the post-operation instructions. The initial recovery can take up to two weeks, and during this time you can reduce the risk of infection by following these simple steps:
- Take pain medication as prescribed.
- Apply ice packs to the area immediately after the tooth extraction to reduce any swelling.
- Do not rinse your mouth for 24 hours after the procedure to allow the blood clot to fully form. After 24 hours, rinse with lightly salted warm water to cleanse the area.
- Eat soft foods only, such as soup and yogurt, and avoid drinking from a straw for a full day after the tooth extraction. Slowly add firmer foods to your diet as your recovery progresses.
- Relax for a full day after the extraction and then limit activity for the following few days.
- Continue your normal dental care routine of brushing and flossing your teeth, but stay away from the tooth extraction area to avoid infection and complications.
- Do not smoke since it can hinder your healing and health.
- It’s normal to experience some pain and bleeding during the first 24 hours following the extraction; but if these conditions are severe and persist for more than four hours after the surgery, call Prescott Dental Arts immediately.
Fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, shortness of breath, or other extreme discomfort is a likely sign of infection. This is rare, but if you experience any of these conditions, contact us immediately.