What To Expect
After you and Dr. Grant have decided that is necessary to extract your infected or damaged tooth, the next step is to prepare for your scheduled tooth extraction appointment. There are a few things you can do to get ready.
Let the doctor know of any medical conditions you may have or have had, such as:
- Heart conditions
- Impaired immune system
- Liver disease
- Artificial joints
- Cold or flu symptoms
- If you are taking antibiotics
- General health issues
For removing impacted wisdom teeth, we will need to take a full panoramic X-rays so the doctor can see all internal structures of your teeth and gums that might be affected by the extraction. You and the doctor will then decide which sedation method will be right for you.
Knowing what to expect during oral surgery and how to effectively recuperate can help guide you toward a speedy recovery. Oral surgery is often an outpatient procedure that requires local or general anesthesia, which means that you’ll return home shortly after your operation has been completed, with Dr. Grant’s approval.
Finalize your arrangements for transportation to and from our east El Paso location before your appointment. Your senses might be impaired from the side effects of anesthesia, so it’s important to have someone take you to the dental office and drive you home afterward.
You will also be required to fast before the surgery. Dr. Grant will tell you exactly how many hours before surgery will be required. If diabetic you are allowed to eat breakfast the morning of your appointment.
Make sure to arrive early to your tooth extraction appointment, so you can reduce anxiety. Our oral surgeon will want to make sure everything is prepared for the extraction, and you will want to be as comfortable as possible.
Recovering From Oral Surgery
The dentist will pack you tooth socket with gauze and will ask you to bite down to stop the bleeding. If heavy bleeding continues after you use the gauze a few times, contact your oral surgeon.
After oral surgery, it’s important to only eat soft foods that will not harm the affected area. You may receive self-dissolving stitches that you will want to watch out for. So avoid all crunchy or hard foods. While still under the influence of anesthesia you should avoid all hot food or drinks, so as not to burn yourself.
You may be prescribed antibiotics if you have had an infection. So take any antibiotics prescribed to you after surgery.
After you make it back home you are going to want to take it easy for a minimum of 24 hours. Give yourself plenty of time to recover immediately after the extraction. Your gums will still be quite sensitive.
Apply ice immediately after surgery in 10-minute intervals. It’s important that you don’t lay flat on your back, use pillows to prop up your head to lessen the bleeding. You should also avoid brushing or flossing the affected area, and do not smoke.
It’s normal to feel pain after anesthesia wears off. If the gum begins to bleed or you experience more pain the next day, you should call our friendly staff and ask any questions you might have regarding the pain or bleeding.