Preparing Yourself for Tooth Extraction

Preparing Yourself for Tooth Extraction

Being prepared for any surgical procedure is any day better than expecting surprises at the clinician’s office. Tooth extractions are also surgical procedures regardless of whether you are getting your wisdom teeth removed or suffer from tooth decay, infections, or crowding. The freedom to go unprepared into the dentist’s office will not be available to you because of many factors all of which need to be considered.

What Factors Need to Be Considered before Tooth Extraction?

The factors that need to be considered before tooth extraction are the following:

  • The type of tooth extraction.
  • The financial implications of the procedure.
  • The risks.
  • The recovery period after the extraction.

The Type of Tooth Extraction

Depending upon whether the tooth is visible or impacted the dentist or oral surgeon will determine whether the tooth can be extracted in a simple extraction or will need a surgical extraction. Before the procedure is scheduled the dentist will obtain x-rays of the tooth and request for information on any medications you are ingesting along with supplements, over-the-counter drugs, and vitamins. The dentist must be provided with all the information about any medical conditions you are suffering from that may affect the procedure. Giving your dentist information about any of the following conditions will also prove beneficial:

Renal disease, liver disease, hypertension, a congenital heart defect, diabetes, damaged heart valves, an impaired immune system, adrenal disease, and a history of bacterial endocarditis.

The information will prove beneficial to the dentist who may want to ensure all conditions are stable or dealt with before you undergo the procedure.

The Financial Implications of Tooth Extraction

The dentist or oral surgeon will not take away just the tooth from your mouth but will also expect fees to be paid for the extraction. If you are undergoing a simple extraction you can expect to spend around $ 75-$ 200 per tooth or even more depending on the type of anesthesia administered. If your procedure a surgical the costs can be pegged at $ 800-$ 4000. The living conditions in your area of residence can also impact the costs. Therefore depending on the kind of procedure recommended you must be prepared with the finances for the extraction.

The Risks of Having Tooth Extracted

Few risks are involved in tooth extractions especially when the dentist has recommended the procedure. After a tooth extracted it is natural for a blood clot to form in the socket. In cases where the blood clot does not form or dislodges exposure of the bone from the socket is evident. In such cases, protection will be provided to the area by the dentist with a sedative dressing for a few days by which time a new clot should form. Some other risks that may be involved are the following:

  • Bleeding that continues for more than 12 hours.
  • Chills and severe fever indicating an infection.
  • Vomiting and nausea.
  • Swelling and redness at the site of the surgery.
    Shortness of breath and chest pain.

If you experience any of these symptoms you should be contacting your dentist right away.

The Recovery Period after the Extraction

After the tooth extracted you can expect to recover within a few days. If you want to ensure smooth recovery it is suggested that you use the following steps:

  • Control the swelling after the procedure by applying an ice pack to your cheek and keep it on your face for approximately 10 minutes at a time.
  • The dentist would have placed a gauze pad over the surgical site. Bite down on the pad to reduce bleeding and to help with the formation of the clot. Leave the pad in place until it is soaked with blood in about 3 to 4 hours.
  • Take any medications prescribed by the dentist including over-the-counter drugs.
  • Get rest and relax for 24 hours without jumping into your regular routine the next day.
  • Only have soft foods that they after the procedure and gradually reintroduce your regular foods into your diet as you recover over the next few days.

If you experience any pain that doesn’t go away after several days or is displaying signs of an infection with pus or drainage from the affected area make an appointment with your dentist to see him or her as soon as possible.

Being prepared for tooth extraction is better than groping in the dark after the procedure and trying to find emergency dental care when none is required.

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