If you have a tooth that is severely damaged, it may need to be extracted. In many cases, this is a procedure that can be performed by a general dentist. However, if the damage is particularly severe, or if there are other conditions that might make the procedure more difficult, your Arlington Dentist from Pure Dental & Implant Center may send you to a specialist instead.
Before any teeth are extracted from your mouth, you will be given a local anesthetic. This way, the procedure will not be painful. If you have more than one tooth that needs to come out, your dentist may want to use a general anesthetic instead so that you will be unconscious during the procedure.
There can be a fair amount of bleeding after a tooth extraction. Gauze or cotton can help to staunch the bleeding. You may need to be given stitches to close the wound. The area will be sore for some time. Painkillers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help to relieve any discomfort.
Rinsing your mouth with warm salt water will help to ease the pain, as well as reduce any swelling or inflammation that may result. Be sure to change your gauze pads on a regular basis, and avoid any strenuous activity for several days so that your body can recover from the procedure.
There are several options for replacing an extracted tooth. For example, you can have a dental implant, or use a bridge. Discuss your options with your dentist before you make a decision so that you can choose the best option for your situation.
A tooth extraction is a significant operation, but in many cases it is the best choice. By educating yourself about the procedure before it happens, you will be better prepared to deal with the aftermath. To learn more about extractions and other services like dental implants contact your dentist.