People tend to be scared of dental extractions, and that’s something we noticed here at Dental Arts ninth St in St Petersburg, FL. That’s usually because they’ve heard bad things about them or have terrible prior experiences. At Dental Arts ninth St, we want to assure you that won’t be the case.
Our goal is to extract teeth efficiently while keeping patients comfortable. Another one of our top priorities is to prevent infections. There are many different reasons we might need to extract a tooth. Rest assured, however, that you’ll be as comfortable as can be during and after extraction.
Wisdom teeth are the ones that almost always need to be extracted. They cause problems for many people. The issue is that by the time they start to come out, a person’s teeth will have already organized themselves and can’t accommodate wisdom teeth. Additionally, they’ll need to be removed if they’re impacted or hurting the molars ahead of them. The second molars are important, but wisdom teeth can be extracted without any impairment.
There are other reasons for a tooth extraction that we don’t see as often. If a tooth is infected, it could pose a threat to the rest of the body and has to be removed. A badly traumatized tooth that can’t be repaired should also be removed.
You’ll receive adequate analgesia and anesthesia before, during, and after the procedure. Some extractions are simple and can be done under local anesthesia. Complicated cases will require general anesthesia. We’ll also give you some painkillers to take for a few days after the extraction.
You can expect swelling after an extraction. It might not be immediately evident as it will peak about 2-3 days after the procedure and then start to decrease. You should avoid drinking through a straw, rinsing your mouth, and smoking after the extraction. These things will dislodge the clot and keep the bleeding going.
We’ll give you advice on what to do after the extraction to minimize symptoms and potential complications. If you have any questions at any time, feel free to call or visit.