When you need an extraction, you will have a lot of questions. For extractions in Smyrna, GA, Dr. Michael Nguyen of Highland Dental offers the compassionate care you require as well as answers to your questions.
Dentists want to preserve your natural teeth. They have many tools in their arsenal to help them but, there are times when the condition of the tooth is such that there is no alternative to extraction.
When should a tooth be extracted?
A tooth needs to be extracted when every possible effort to save it has been exhausted and has not been successful. In many cases, no other alternative is possible. Some reasons for extraction are:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Baby teeth that won't fall out
- Teeth damaged by trauma or decay and beyond repair
- Tooth crowding
Is tooth extraction painful?
Your dentist will provide local anesthesia to reduce dental extraction pain. Your gums will remain numb for several hours following the procedure. In more complicated extractions in Smyrna, GA, additional sedation may be used. This can be in the form of a pill which is taken orally, or it can be intravenously (in your vein). Another option is nitrous oxide, which is inhaled. You can be assured your dentist will make every effort to keep you comfortable before, during, and after your extraction.
What will I need to do after a tooth extraction?
Your dentist will provide you with complete directions on after-extraction care. It begins immediately with sterile gauze being placed on the socket and gentle pressure being applied for from 10 to 20 minutes. Over the counter, pain medication will be recommended and, in some cases, a prescription for pain medication and/or an antibiotic may be offered. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewing on the side where the extraction took place for 24 hours and avoid drinking through a straw. Allow the clot that will form to remain in place. Take pain medication before you feel any pain.
How long will the recovery period be after an extraction?
It may be as little as a day or two, or it can be longer. Every case is different. Your dentist knows your particular extraction and should be able to give you an individualized answer that reflects how complicated your actual extraction was. Once you are healed, you can decide if you want to replace the tooth and which procedure is right for you.
When it comes to extractions in Smyrna, GA, you can count on Dr. Nguyen of Highland Dental to make sure that you are back to normal within a few days. To talk about extraction, call the office at 678-305-9916.