What Is the Tooth Extraction Process?

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Tooth extractions may seem like an intimidating dental procedure, but they’re actually nothing to fear. With high-tech equipment and dental sedation, the extraction will be over before you know it.

Have questions about how extractions work? Keep reading to learn more about the tooth extraction process!

Tooth Extraction Procedure

To prepare you for your procedure, the area around the affected tooth will be numbed. You can also choose to receive dental sedation to help you remain calm and relaxed.

When you are comfortable, sterilized dental tools are used to remove the tooth. Sometimes incisions in the gums must be made to successfully remove a tooth, particularly if it is still below the gums, like an impacted wisdom tooth.

To complete the procedure, you will receive stitches to help the gums heal and gauze to absorb any blood. If you received dental sedation, you’ll need a trusted driver to get you safely home.

Recovery After a Tooth Extraction

You’ll receive aftercare instructions from your dental team to help you have a smooth, stress-free recovery. Taking certain precautions during your recovery will help reduce your risk of infection and complications.

While healing from your tooth extraction, stick to a diet of soft foods, purees, and liquids. Foods that are hard, crunchy, sticky, and chewy can irritate your extraction site. Drink plenty of water and choose foods that are nutrient dense. Foods like yogurt, smoothies, mashed potatoes, yogurt, and applesauce are easy to eat.

Your extraction site will have formed a blood clot that is important for quick healing. Certain activities can dislodge this blood clot before the area has had enough time to heal, leading to dry socket and severe pain. Avoid straws, smoking, spitting, rinsing, bending, lifting, and vigorous activity for several days until you are cleared by your dentist.

Gentle Restorative Care in Tucson, AZ

At Artistic Dentistry, we will only recommend a tooth extraction if it’s the right treatment for your unique situation. If you have any questions about your oral health or would like to learn more about ways to restore your smile, please contact us today!

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