Sometimes a tooth can be beyond restoration and the treatment will call for an extraction. If a tooth needs to be extracted it can be a very fearful and painful experience. With the advances in Dental Extractions the pain is now limited and minimal and in some cases pain free.
What to expect when you are scheduled for a Tooth Extraction?
If you are going in for a typical tooth extraction the dentist will numb the area around the infected tooth to lessen the pain. After the extraction there will be some minor discomfort and a small amount of bleeding is normal and to be expected.
The Dentist will advise you of the post extraction regimen to follow. You may want to avoid anything that will prevent normal healing. It is best to not smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for at least 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing and in severe cases cause a dry socket which can often be more painful than the actual tooth ache.
For the first few days if you must rinse it is best to rinse your mouth gently. If you experience pain or swelling it can help to apply a cold cloth or ice pack on your face. Be sure to ask the dentist about any medications for pain and be sure to tell him about any medications you are currently taking.
You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual but do not clean the teeth next to the tooth socket. Be sure to follow up with the dentist as recommended.
The cost of extractions can vary depending on
- The type of tooth being pulled.
- The method of extraction, and difficulty of the procedure.
- The Anesthesia used.
- The amount your dental insurance will cover.
Be sure to discuss with Dr Murray your options and which procedure will be best for you.