Tooth extractions are performed by either a dentist or an oral surgeon. They are fairly fast outpatient procedures that involve the use of local, general, or IV anesthesia, or a combination. Extracting teeth that are visible is the most simple type of extraction. Teeth that are broken below the surface, or are impacted, involve a more complex procedure.
A simple extraction involves rocking the tooth back and forth to loosen its connection with the underlying ligament. From there, the tooth should be able to be easily extracted.
Teeth that are broken off beneath the gum line will involve the use of general anesthesia so that the patient is completely unconscious. As there is nothing to grasp above the gum line, incisions will be made to access the tooth and extract it.
Inform your dentist if you are currently experiencing any of these conditions:
Most patients recover in a few days after a tooth extraction. To recover fully from an extraction, take the following steps so that you recover quickly.
Place a cold compress against your cheek near the extracted tooth to minimize swelling. Keep it in place for 10 minutes at a time.
Your dentist will place some gauze over the affected area. You will need to gently bite down on it to minimize bleeding and help a blood clot form. Keep the gauze in place for three or four hours, or until it has been completely soaked.
One day after your procedure, you should be able to start eating soft foods like pudding, yogurt and applesauce. At this time, you can also gently rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.
Although most patients experience a smooth and rapid recovery, complications are always possible following any type of medical procedure. If you experience lingering pain that last for several days, or notice any signs of an infection, contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible.
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