Wisdom Teeth 101
A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that involves removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Here’s what you can expect during a tooth extraction:
Before the Procedure
Before the tooth extraction, your dentist will review your medical history and take X-rays to determine the best way to remove the tooth. If you have any medical conditions, your dentist may consult with your physician to ensure that the tooth extraction is safe.
During the Procedure
The tooth extraction procedure typically takes about 30 to 60 minutes. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to minimize pain and discomfort. If you’re nervous about the procedure, your dentist may also offer you sedation to help you relax.
Once the area is numb, your dentist will use specialized tools to gently loosen the tooth from its socket. Depending on the tooth’s location and condition, your dentist may need to use more force to remove it. You may feel pressure during this part of the procedure, but you shouldn’t feel any pain.
After the Procedure
After the tooth extraction, your dentist will place a gauze pad over the extraction site to help stop any bleeding. You’ll be asked to bite down on the gauze pad for about 30 to 45 minutes to help the blood clot.
Your dentist will give you instructions on how to care for the extraction site at home, including how to clean the area and what foods to avoid. You may also be given pain medication and antibiotics to prevent infection. Most people can return to their normal activities the day after the procedure, but you should avoid strenuous activity for a few days.
A tooth extraction is a routine dental procedure that is generally safe and effective. By following your dentist’s instructions and taking care of the extraction site, you can ensure a smooth recovery and prevent complications. If you have any questions or concerns about the tooth extraction procedure, don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist.
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