Just the thought of getting a tooth extracted can be horrifying. Even when the best dentists and best methods are sought for this dental procedure, the experience can leave many patients in pain for days. Tooth extraction is a common dental procedure, though, and dentists recommend tooth extraction when baby teeth, decayed teeth, broken teeth, or infected teeth need to be removed.
The process of tooth extraction itself is painless because the dentist will give you local anaesthesia to numb the area that requires treatment. But when the anaesthesia wears off, you may feel a stinging sensation in your gums and surrounding teeth.
Here are some things you need to know after tooth extraction.
Formation of a Blood Clot
After the tooth extraction, a blood clot will form in the space where your tooth was. Sometimes, dentists will stitch the wound with self-dissolving stitched to close the empty space in your gums. When the wound starts to heal, these stitches will dissolve on their own, and the empty space in the gums will get sealed. You will still be toothless, but at least there will not be a blood-filled hole in your gums.
After the tooth extraction, the dentist will give you a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. You should keep this gauze pad on the bleeding gums close your mouth tightly to stop it from falling out of your mouth. The gauze pad must be kept in place for at least an hour, during which it is recommended that you neither talk nor eat. You should immediately replace the gauze pad if it gets soaked in blood. The gauze pad should be disposed of. It should not be reused for other purposes.
After the anesthesia wears off, you will feel a searing pain in the area where the tooth has been extracted. At times, the pain can be so severe that you will not be able to keep your eyes open. It can even cause headaches and dizziness in extreme cases. Your dentist will prescribe pain killers to relieve the pain, but it is advisable that you take someone along to ensure that you are not the one driving the car back home.
Follow-up Visits to the Dentist
Sometimes, removing a tooth can shift the surrounding teeth a little. You will need to consult your dentist again after a few weeks to ensure that everything is in the right order and there are no signs of a blood clot or an infection.
If you are looking for a safe and painless tooth extraction procedure, then give us a call at (530) 756-5300 to book your appointment. The relief from your toothache is just one step away!
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