What is Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure that involves removing a tooth or teeth from its location in the jaw bone. The goal of this procedure is to preserve or improve your overall dental health and eliminate any pain you are experiencing. A tooth extraction can be necessary for a number of reasons.
Extraction Procedures at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group
Ahead of any possible tooth extractions at Burgess & Hyder Dental Group, you will first have an initial examination with the dentist. During this appointment, they may identify the need for an extraction as the best course of treatment for your unique oral needs.
If this is the case, the dentist may discuss your medical history with you and it is important that you disclose if you have any of the following conditions:
- An artificial joint
- Congenital heart defect
- Damaged heart valve
- Impaired immune system
- Liver disease
- History of bacterial endocarditis
Once the treatment has been confirmed, the dentist may recommend one of two extraction procedure options depending on the position and health of the tooth:
Recovering From a Tooth Extraction
It typically takes a couple of days up to a week to recover from a tooth extraction and the following practices can help you feel better faster and ensure treatment success:
- Avoid smoking for 24 hours as this can delay the healing process.
- Reduce any swelling by applying an ice pack to your cheek.
- Try to take 24 hours to rest and relax and limit activities.
- Stick to soft foods only for at least a day.
- Prop your head up with pillows to avoid lying flat as this may cause bleeding.