When your dentist has completed a thorough examination including the latest in x-ray technology innovation and has determined that even root canal therapy is not sufficient to save your tooth, extraction may be recommended. By this time you are probably so tired of putting up with the increased discomfort that you will actually be relieved to be rid of it. Truth be told, a simple tooth extraction is much less troublesome than you may have been led to believe.
A “simple” extraction indicates that the tooth is intact and will be able to be removed without the need for an incision into the gum tissue. Your dentist will use what is known as an “elevator” to loosen the tooth in readiness for extraction by dental forceps.
After consulting your medical history and previous dental procedures that you have undergone your dentist will prepare the area of extraction by applying a numbing gel before injecting a local anesthetic. Some patients require a higher dosage than others, the dental assistant will check on your progress as the time passes.
Following the procedure, your dentist will send you home with a complete list of dos and don’ts including dietary restrictions and physical limitations. Bleeding should be minimal and easily controlled with cotton swabs. An over the counter pain reliever should be sufficient but your dentist will write you a prescription for something stronger if you prefer. An ice pack will help to reduce any facial swelling – 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off. Start warm water/salt rinses a full day after the extraction.
The most important thing to avoid is what is known as “dry socket,” which can be extremely painful. After extraction, a clot will form in the empty socket in order to protect the underlying nerve center from invasion by outside forces. When the clot is dissolved so is the protection. Any sucking motion like sipping through a straw or smoking a cigarette will increase the risk.
Dr. Conway and the team at Spokane Valley Dental are renowned for their attention to patient care and comfort. Make your appointment today, call 509-926-6261.