A tooth extraction can be a terrifying thought for many people, however, in some cases, it might be necessary. At Glasgow Dentists, our dental experts are here to make sure that the procedure runs smoothly and to make you feel at ease.
An extraction is often viewed as a last-resort procedure, whereby the affected tooth is removed from its socket. A dental extraction may be necessary for a number of different reasons, including the following:
Broken or damaged teeth
Preparation for braces or other dental treatments
Painful wisdom teeth
Preparation and procedure
Prior to the procedure, an x-ray will be taken to view what the best way is to remove the tooth. Following this, your dentist will give you some form of anaesthetic depending on the type of extraction to numb the area where the tooth is being removed.
There are two different types of extractions: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in the mouth, whereas a surgical extraction is performed on teeth that are not yet visible or a tooth that may be damaged at the gum line. During the procedure, you may feel some slight pressure, but it should be painless.
Once the extraction is complete, you will be given some advice and instructions, which will help to reduce any discomfort and risk of infections that may occur. You may experience some discomfort following the procedure, however, this is completely normal and anti-inflammatory painkillers will help with this. Applying some ice and relaxing after the process will help to ease any swelling or pain that you may experience.
Is there any other alternatives to extractions?
If you do not want to undergo the extraction procedure, then there may be other alternatives depending on your case. Tooth extraction is often a last resort procedure for dentists who look at all options before removing your tooth. However, sometimes a tooth extraction is the best option for you and your health and can often put you out of your misery if you are suffering from a lot of pain.
Tips to speed up your recovery
It is completely normal to feel a slight bit of pain after the extraction process. It is most common to feel this pain typically three days after the procedure, but this will quickly subside. The following tips will help you to recover quicker:
Continue with your normal dental routine, but take care and avoid the extraction area so as not to interfere with the healing process. As the days continue, move closer and closer to the affected area with care.
Do not rinse your mouth for at least 24 hours as this can cause bleeding. If this happens simply bite down on a clean piece of material for around 15 minutes, for example, a handkerchief.
Avoid smoking and alcohol
Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours and try to avoid smoking for the remainder of the day.
This may all seem rather daunting, but our friendly team at Glasgow Dentists will reassure you throughout the process, ensuring that you are happy and comfortable. Our experts are highly trained so you know you are in safe hands. For more information, get in touch with us at Glasgow Dentists today.