Your Guide On Tooth Extraction:  What It Is For And How You Can Prepare For It

Your Guide On Tooth Extraction: What It Is For And How You Can Prepare For It

Apr 01, 2021

Tooth Extraction Explained

Tooth extraction is considered an “outpatient procedure”. Though it falls under the umbrella of dental surgery, the procedure does not warrant that a patient should be checked in a medical facility for a long duration (for common extraction). In fact, it will only take about 20 to 45 minutes and a bit more beyond that marker for several teeth that need extracting.

Reasons To Have Your Tooth Pulled

    1. Tooth And/Or Gum Infection Plus Toothache

One of the most common reasons why patients are recommended tooth extraction is infection. “Infection” that has reached the pulp (connective tissue at the core of a tooth) or the blood vessels surrounding it.

Tooth decay is frequently the principal cause of an infected tooth. And although root canal therapy is another procedure that can deal with this dental problem, having your tooth pulled should be of urgency in case the infection is too severe. Or that it is causing you extreme pain, despite taking antibiotics for it.

    1. Infection “Risk”

This differs from what we have stated above. A “risk of infection” comes with dental signs that, if left untreated, will escalate to an infection. In such a phase, tooth extraction may serve as a preventive measure to avoid infection development.

    1. Damage Or “Trauma”

Speaking within a dental context, “trauma” here refers to damage on teeth wrought by accidents. Falls, slips, and collisions can bring about tooth-chipping or breaking. Deemed as a dental emergency, an extraction may be the ideal recourse if the damage is irreparable.

With an emergency tooth removal, contact your dentist as soon as you can to have the tooth trauma looked into at the soonest moment possible.

    1. Teeth Overcrowding

Dental solutions that aim to align teeth and correct malocclusion (crowding of teeth) may necessitate a tooth extraction treatment. This has to be done in order for your gumline to have enough room for the rest of your teeth to fill in the alignment treatment.

    1. Wisdom Tooth Removal

Having a wisdom tooth does not imply that you are to have them pulled out sooner or later. They can grow and stay on in your oral cavity without causing dental issues. However, it so happens that the improper growth of wisdom teeth leads to malocclusions and/or tooth discomfort and pain.

The only solution to this is wisdom teeth removal.

How To Prepare For A Tooth Extraction (Pre-Tooth Pulling)

    1. Medical History Review

This will be completed during your consultation and diagnosis prior to the surgery. Your dentist will ask you about your medical history, medications you are currently taking, and what they are for.

Be sure to lay down all of these vital pieces of information before the operation. It is a safeguard in that your dentist will have an idea of how to go about the operation itself. It can tell your dentist what related drugs can or cannot be utilized in contrast to your present medical condition, too.

By the way, if you are taking medications for cardiovascular stability (blood thinners) ask your dentist and your medical physician how you should space them out. Blood thinners also prolong the healing process of wounds.

    1. The 12-Hour Rule

At least 12 hours before the extraction will be commenced, try your best to not have any food. Having a full stomach during the surgery and with anesthesia in your bloodstream may result in nausea.

The same rule should be applied to “smoking”. The components of a cigarette may regress the healing process of the wound post-surgery. Plus, perhaps this is the opportune time to finally quit smoking altogether.

    1. Guardian/s

A basic extraction procedure will require local anesthesia. This means that you will be awake during the operation but will not feel any pain whatsoever. In the event that the dental problem is serious and sedation is needed, have guardians with you. Your significant other, relatives, or close friends. They can aid you post-surgery (the effects of a sedative frequently wears off very slowly), while you wait to be checked out of the medical facility.

Now is also a good time to tell your dentist if you’ve experienced complications when injected with anesthesia in previous occasions.

    1. Keep It Simple

As you head to the medical facility, remember to dress simply and comfortably. Avoid putting on jewelry, perfumes, and contact lenses. These may get in the way of the dentist who will head the operation.

In addition to this, dressing simply may help in keeping you comfortable while the extraction procedure is being conducted.

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