Maintaining good oral health is an important factor in leading a healthy life. A little bit of carelessness can lead to serious damage. So, consulting a dentist every once in a while is good for your oral and mental health. Angie Dinh is here for you.
What is Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction is a process of removing the tooth or teeth from its socket in the bone. There are many reasons behind dental extraction like tooth decay, excessive tooth infection, crowding, or getting braces
How is Dental Extraction Done?
Before undergoing a tooth extraction, the dentist will make sure that a particular area is made numb with the local anesthetic, and pulling the teeth includes two categories, i.e., simple and surgical.
Simple: The extraction of the tooth that is clearly visible in the mouth. This process is commonly carried out for the patients whose teeth are badly damaged or have a decayed tooth, and in some cases, it is also carried out for the patients prior to having braces. When a patient undergoes a simple procedure, the dentist recommends a local anesthetic, and in some cases, anti-anxiety medications are preferred.
Surgical: This process is carried out for the patients whose teeth are invisible; this can be an effect of a broken tooth or impacted tooth. The patients with a special medical condition may receive general anesthesia when pulling teeth involving the method of surgery. The dentist also prescribes pain medication for use immediately after the surgery.
How to Take care After Dental Extraction Procedure?
- Pressure should be applied to the area of the extraction site in order to form a clot.
- The patient should not smoke, rinse, or spit for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
- Vigorous exercise should be prohibited for about five days after the procedure.
- An ice pack can be applied to that area to avoid swelling.
- The dentist might recommend gentle jaw exercises to reduce muscle stiffness.
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