Extractions in Midwest City
A tooth extraction is almost always seen as a treatment of last resort, but sometimes it is necessary to protect your oral health. Sometimes a tooth is so damaged, it is beyond repair with a filling or a crown. Extracting the tooth might be the only way to protect your gums and the rest of the teeth in your mouth.
If you have a tooth you fear may need to be extracted, give us a call at Diamond Dental. Whatever the reason for the extraction, you can rest assured that Dr. Brent Amaya has the experience and skill to make the procedure safe and comfortable.
What to Expect if You Need to Have a Tooth Extracted
Once it is determined that your tooth needs to be pulled, the area surrounding the tooth will be completely numbed. Dr. Amaya will use a special dental tool to gently loosen the tooth before completely extracting it.
You may feel a bit of pressure in the area during the extraction, but you will not feel any pain.
The Importance of Self-Care After the Extraction Procedure
After the procedure, you might feel some mild discomfort. Generally, over-the-counter pain relievers are enough to alleviate this. Research has shown that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, are best for any pain you might be feeling after a tooth extraction.
Dr. Amaya will give you specific instructions for taking care of the extraction site, and it is important you follow those directions carefully. Any bleeding or swelling should stop within a day or so after the procedure. An ice pack applied to your cheek over the extraction site can provide some relief from swelling.
Avoid smoking and drinking through a straw after the procedure. With both of these, the sucking action risks dislodging the blood clot that will form at the extraction site. This causes a somewhat rare condition known as “dry socket,” which is an unnecessary complication to be avoided.
Eat only soft foods in the days following the extraction, until the site has healed. Avoid food and beverages with any temperature extremes. You can start trying more foods as healing continues.
If your pain worsens after you are at home or if you have any questions, be sure to give us a call!
If You Are Experiencing a Dental Emergency
If you are in pain from a toothache, give us a call at Diamond Dental. Dr. Amaya can conduct a thorough examination to find out whether a tooth truly needs to be extracted. In many cases, a root canal can save the affected tooth. It is important that you not put off treatment as this can affect the rest of the teeth in your mouth.