Make Sure You’re Prepared For Your Tooth Extraction
As with many medical procedures, you are going to need a little rest and recuperation after a tooth removal or tooth extraction. Your body is going to need time to recover and the proper care to do so. Let Dr. Laura Ki walk you through the extraction process and help you get through it as easily as possible. Call our dentist Dr. Laura Ki at 703-552-2530 for your tooth removal and tooth extraction Fairfax, VA appointment today.
The Tooth Extraction Process
Having your tooth removed is a relatively straightforward process. If you are experiencing any type of dental anxiety, Dr. Ki may give you an oral sedation prior to your procedure. This will help relax you and take the edge off before your tooth extraction. You will receive local anesthetic near the tooth that is being removed. This will numb the area so that you will not feel anything but slight pressure and movement there. Dr. Ki will then begin the extraction process. She will gently remove the tooth from its position and then pack the area with gauze to contain the bleeding (if any). Any residual discomfort following the procedure will be able to be managed by normal pain relievers that you can pick up at the grocery store or drugstore.
Caring For Your Extraction
There are several things that you should do after your extraction has been completed.
- The first is to take any pain medication that Dr. Ki recommends following the procedure. This will help to minimize any discomfort you may be in.
- Be sure to bite down on the gauze that is in the extraction area. This will help a clot to form in the area. Once the clot has formed, you can remove the gauze. This should not take more than three or four hours after your procedure. Change out the gauze as needed.
- Avoid using tobacco of any kind, even smokeless tobacco, as this can inhibit the healing process and open you up to the risk of infection.
- Take it easy for the rest of the day after your extraction, and try to take it easy the next several days as well. Your teeth are not made to be removed, so give your body a break for a bit after your tooth extraction procedure.
- As with any surgery, infection is a possibility, so Dr. Ki may prescribe an antibiotic after your extraction. You will need to disclose any medical history so that Dr. Ki can avoid any antibiotics that may have adverse effects.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
You may not have room in your mouth to accommodate an extra set of molars. Wisdom teeth are the last set of teeth to come in, and they can cause problems for people when they do. Talk to Dr. Ki about the state of your dental development and make a plan to deal with your wisdom tooth extraction when they start coming in.
Replace a Missing Tooth
Dental implants are a wonderful option for replacing a lost tooth. The implant will act in the same fashion as your natural tooth root did, giving your stability and protection against bone deterioration.
Call our office at 703-552-2530 to schedule your procedure. You can use our online form to schedule your appointment as well. We will reach out shortly to confirm your date and time to your tooth removal and tooth extraction Fairfax, VA location.
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