What to Know about Tooth Extraction
Any type of gum disease may loosen or damage an entire tooth. A tooth that is severely decayed has to be removed. A dentist or a dental surgeon may do the procedure of removing the tooth.
What to Expect from Tooth Extraction
Before the extraction proper, a local anesthetic is applied on the area surrounding the tooth to give a numbing sensation. A stronger anesthesia may be necessary if there are several teeth to be extracted if not all of them.
General anesthetic is applied for the entire body to numb which makes a person asleep throughout the procedure.
Stitches may be needed after the tooth is removed. You can also bite on a cotton gauze to stop the bleeding.
What to Expect after Surgery
Recovery period lasts for several days. For faster recovery, there are several things that can be done.
- You may take painkillers as prescribed by a dentist or an oral surgeon. They will help relieve pain and swelling. An ice-cold pack can be applied as cold compress outside your mouth from 10 to 20 minutes.
- After 24 hours from tooth extraction, you may gargle with salt water solution several times a day. This helps relieve swelling and pain in the area as well.
- Change the gauze pads before they become drenched in blood.
- Do not rub the area with your tongue and avoid smoking.