Learn More About Tooth Extraction
Does Getting a Tooth Extracted Hurt?
Many patients worry about getting dental treatment because they’re nervous that it will be painful. The good news is that our first step is always numbing your mouth to ensure that you stay comfortable. While you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure, you will likely feel some soreness for a few days afterwards. Closely follow your aftercare instructions to prevent infection and promote quick healing. If your discomfort worsens or you start showing signs of infection, give us a call so we can help.
Can I Leave the Space Empty After a Tooth Extraction?
Many patients think that they don’t need to have a tooth replaced if it’s being pulled from the back of the mouth. However, this isn’t usually the case. Your teeth are responsible for much more than just creating a beautiful smile. They are essential to chewing properly and enunciating clearly. Just missing a single back tooth can make it difficult to chew, leading to poor nutrition and indigestion. It is recommended that when you’ve finished healing, you schedule an appointment to discuss which tooth replacement option is right for you.
Can I Smoke After Getting a Tooth Extracted?
Since tobacco products can delay healing, you can’t smoke immediately following a tooth extraction. It’s recommended that you abstain from smoking for at least five days afterward. However, if you can, avoid smoking for two weeks. If you have had difficulty quitting in the past, let us know. This way, we can help you to prepare in advanced.
What Risks Are Involved with Tooth Extractions?
Tooth extractions are considered to be extremely safe in this day and age. However, just like any dental procedure, there are some risks that come along with it. As for tooth extractions, the primary risk is infection which can spread if left untreated. Another risk is dry socket, which can be painful and delay the recovery process. To prevent these from happening, we will provide you with specific aftercare instructions, as well as some symptoms to look out for.