A tooth extraction is a technical term for getting a tooth “pulled” or removed. To some, this may sound daunting, but if you know what to expect it really isn’t too bad!
How it works:
If you know you need a tooth extracted, this can involve a dentist taking out one (or sometimes more) teeth. During the procedure, you will be numb! The “numbing” is a local anesthetic that will affect the nerves that control pain sensitivity so that you do not feel any pain during the procedure. Now, it is important to know that the local anesthetic cannot numb the “pressure” nerves so you may feel some pressure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain! It isn’t entirely uncommon for some individuals to require more local anesthetic to get numb compared to others. If you know that you think you may be more sensitive or require extra numbing, please do not hesitate to notify the dentist of this. He or she will note this and make sure you receive the appropriate amount of anesthetic so that you are comfortable for the procedure!
Once you are appropriately numb, the doctor will most likely use a series of special instruments to essentially wiggle the tooth out of place. Once the tooth is out completely, the dentist may decide to stitch the gums together so that a blood clot can form. Depending on the type of stitches the dentist decides to use, you may need to come back for the stitches to be removed. If the dentist decides to use “dissolvable” stitches, you shouldn’t need to come back for a removal. These stitches dissolve with the gum tissue on their own. Regardless, the dentist will let you know how to take care of the area and what to do while the stitches are in there.
How do I take care of my extraction site?
If you have stitches, be sure to keep your tongue away from there! Easier said than done, we know. However, this will help to keep the stitches in place and serve the purpose that they need to. Do not vigorously swish water or spit for a day or two after the procedure so that you can hold a nice blood clot in place. Be sure to stay away from excessively hot food or drinks as this can bring increased inflammation to the area, which is best to stay away from. As far as eating, soft foods can be easiest to stick with for the first few days, as chewing tough foods may be difficult or bother the extraction site. Additionally, try to chew on the opposite side of the extraction site for safe measure.
If you are unsure of what to do following the extraction procedure, be sure to contact the dentist immediately just to be sure! If you are having unbearable pain or notice a “hole” in the tooth socket, immediately call the dentist so that you can be seen at once. Whether you are in Short Pump, Midlothian or Richmond, we have an office location that is convenient to you.
If you have any questions regarding a tooth extraction or believe you may need a tooth extracted, please contact us at River Run Dental Spa. We are located in the Short Pump, VA area and would be more than happy to hear from you to provide more information or get you scheduled for an upcoming appointment.