Are you having a wisdom tooth extracted? Need your dentist to pull a damaged or infected tooth? Don’t worry—tooth extractions are not as daunting as you might think! Here are a few things you can expect from this procedure.
1. You won’t experience pain during the procedure.
Before beginning the extraction, your dentist will administer an anesthetic so that you won’t experience any discomfort. This is typically a local anesthetic—meaning you’ll be awake but won’t feel the extraction. That said, if your tooth is impacted or you require the extraction of multiple teeth, your dentist may use a general anesthetic.
2. The process of extracting a tooth is quicker than you’d think.
The entire process of pulling a tooth can take 20-40 minutes—it is a pretty quick procedure! We’ll anesthetize the site, pull the tooth, and then apply stitches if necessary. The procedure is relatively quick and painless!
3. You will need a friend or relative to bring you home.
We want to ensure you get home safely from your procedure. This means we will not allow you to drive yourself home after receiving anesthesia. Therefore, be sure to bring a friend or relative to the appointment to take you home after the procedure.
4. You’ll need to take good care of the extraction site.
After your procedure, be sure to keep the gauze firmly in place over the extraction site. You should not remove them within the first hour of your recovery. That said, if heavy bleeding persists, you may need to swap out your gauze. If, after one hour, you’re still bleeding, place new gauze on the site and apply gentle pressure for another 30-60 minutes. Be sure to get plenty of rest and closely follow your dentist’s instructions for taking care of the extraction site.
5. Bleeding shouldn’t last for too long.
A small amount of bleeding at the site is normal. However, if you’ve applied new gauze after the first hour, and the site is still bleeding heavily after the second hour, you’ll want to switch over to a moistened tea bag. Soak the tea bag in hot water, wring it dry, wrap it in a thin layer of gauze, and keep it on the site for another 30 minutes. If this doesn’t work to stop the bleeding, call your dentist.
6. You’ll experience a bit of swelling.
Swelling around the mouth and cheeks is completely normal after tooth extraction. To help reduce the swelling, you can apply a bag of ice to the surgical site for 20-minute intervals during the first couple days of your recovery.
7. You’ll need to stick to liquid foods for a bit.
After having a tooth pulled, you won’t be able to go back to your normal diet straight away. You’ll need to stick to a liquid diet over the first two days. Maintain good health throughout your healing process by eating soups, yogurt, pureed foods, and liquid meal replacements. You’ll want to avoid hot foods or foods that can get lodged in the surgical site for a few days.
Do you have any questions about your upcoming tooth extraction? No problem. Call TruBlu Dentistry today!