Tooth Extraction: How to Prepare, Procedure and Recovery

Tooth Extraction: How to Prepare, Procedure and Recovery

Our permanent teeth are designed to last for a lifetime. However, certain dental problems may arise and warrant an extraction. Tooth extraction is done when your teeth are severely decayed or damaged and can’t be repaired with fillings or root canals. Other reasons for tooth extraction include;

  • Orthodontia. Our dentist may perform a tooth extraction in preparation for orthodontia if you have a crowded mouth. Orthodontia is a procedure done to correct and align your teeth
  • Infection. Tooth extraction is a solution if you have a severe dental infection and you are preparing for an organ transplant.
  • When the primary teeth don’t fall off at the appropriate time

What Type of Extraction Do You Need?

Are you having a visible extraction for a visible tooth or impacted wisdom tooth? Depending on the type of tooth, our dentist can perform either a simple extraction or surgical extraction.

  • A simple extraction is performed using an elevator and forceps to loosen the visible tooth and remove it. You will receive local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth.
  • A surgical extraction involves using an incision to remove the tooth impacted on your jaw. This procedure is performed by an oral surgeon. The dentist will use general, local, or intravenous anesthesia depending on your medical condition.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

At Brooklyn Smiles, we take tooth extraction seriously and with our cutting-edge technology, we perform oral surgery with precision. Before the procedure, we do a panoramic x-ray and other tests to determine the position of the tooth and other structures.

If you have a weak immune system or infections, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics before or after the surgical procedure.

It is important to discuss your medical and supplement history with the dentist. Also, don’t smoke before the surgery as it may affect your gums and complicated the process.

What to Expect

Before the tooth extraction, you may get local anesthesia to numb the affected area to reduce the pain. In specific circumstances, general or an IV anesthesia may be used to numb the whole body.

If you are receiving an IV anesthesia, it is essential to wear a loose-fitted clothing or short-sleeved shirt. Additionally, don’t drink or eat for six to eight hours before your procedure. We will, however, discuss with you the different anesthetic options available and the best suitable for you.

The dentist may cut away from your gum and bone tissue if the tooth is impacted to loosen it from the ligaments and bone.

At times, blood clots form in the tooth socket once the tooth is pulled. To stop the bleeding, the dentist will instruct you to bit a gauze inserted in the socket. You may also get stitches to close the gum.

Associated Complications

Although tooth extraction is safe, it can have a few complications.

  • Dry socket occurs when the blood clot breaks and exposes the bone. The dentist will apply a sedative dressing over the area for a few days to prevent other clots from forming.
  • Bleeding for more than 12 hours
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Severe fever and chills
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Swelling

Visit us immediately you experience any of these symptoms.

After the Tooth Extraction

Recovery takes a few days, but with these steps, you will reduce pain and discomfort.

  • Take pain relievers as prescribed
  • Apply ice to reduce swelling
  • Relax and limit activity for 24 to 48 hours after the extraction
  • Avoid spitting or rinsing for 24 hours to prevent the clot from breaking
  • Don’t smoke or use a straw for the first 24 hours
  • Eat soft foods, pudding, and soups in the first few days, and begin to introduce other foods gradually.
  • Continue to brush and floss daily avoiding the extraction area
  • Use pillows to elevate your head up to decrease pressure and pain

Call Us Today

If you are looking for tooth extraction in Brooklyn, call us today. At Brooklyn Smiles, we offer extractions and other dental procedures to help you attain optimal dental health.

718-745-3456 Book an Appointment