Infection, a crowded mouth, and damage are just a few reasons that Dr. Dernick may suggest a tooth extraction. Don’t be afraid! This procedure is not time consuming or painful. The procedure is safe and can be done within one appointment. Below is more information about the before, during, and after the procedure.
During the consultation, Dr. Dernick will explain what will happen during the tooth extraction. Tell Dr. Dernick and his team about all the medications that you currently take along with any ongoing medical concerns you may have. During this appointment you are at a higher risk for infection because your blood stream will be exposed. Typically, patients do not have issues during or after the tooth extraction. Although, in some cases, Dr. Dernick may suggest that you take an antibiotic before and after the procedure to strengthen your immune system.
On the day of the tooth extraction, Dr. Dernick will numb the area with a local anesthetic. With this, you will little to nothing! After Dr. Dernick has removed your tooth, a blood clot will begin to form around the area. Sometimes Dr. Dernick will place self-dissolving stitches. Lastly, Dr. Dernick will place gauze in the wound to help it heal. Then, you are done!
Get plenty of rest! A tooth extraction can be stressful for the body. And, remember RICE — Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevate. Rest for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Eat soft foods, avoid tobacco use, and do not use a straw for the first few days. Ice the area after the procedure in 10 minute intervals to reduce swelling. Add compression to the area by holding the gauze in place to reduce bleeding. Lastly, elevate your head to prevent prolonged bleeding.
Caring for the area after an extraction is key to a speedy and successful recovery. For more questions about tooth extractions, call Smiles of Memorial at (281)-493-0061, today!