Painless Tooth Extractions
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In the unfortunate event that it is necessary to extract a tooth, you are in good hands. When a tooth is severely damaged, or is trapped inside the jaw bone below the gums, a tooth extraction may be required. Usually, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area surrounding the tooth. At Hillside Dental we offer oral sedation to minimize anxiety and pain. Wisdom teeth At Hillside Dental in El Paso, we can treat problems related to your third molars, more commonly called wisdom teeth. The wisdom teeth are the last set of molars that develop and, usually, appear in late adolescence or early 20 years. They often lack adequate space in the jaw to erupt completely or even at all. When there is not enough space for a wisdom tooth to erupt, this common condition is called impaction. Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful and, if left untreated, can damage neighboring teeth.
What to Expect During Your Tooth Extractions
We will clearly explain each step of a tooth extraction before starting. If we can not revive your tooth with a restorative dentistry procedure, we: Carefully plan your treatment with digital X-rays and other advanced dental technologies numb the area for optimal comfort.
We will gently remove your tooth and give you tips on how to take care of your mouth after removing your teeth. If you are nervous, we can also help you alleviate your dental anxiety and increase your comfort with dental sedation options!
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How to Prepare for Your Tooth Extraction
What To Expect
After you and the dentist 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 our dentist’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. Our dentist 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.