What to Expect for a Tooth Extraction

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A tooth extraction can seem like a very scary process, so it may help to know exactly what to expect before going to an expert in tooth extraction in West Hollywood for your appointment. The following is what to expect before, during, and after your tooth extraction.


Your doctor will need to take an x-ray of the area of the tooth in question. This is in order to see exactly what condition the tooth is in, and how it is positioned to the surrounding teeth. Depending on your condition during the time of surgery, your West Hollywood dentist may prescribe you antibiotics. You may also receive intravenous anesthesia for the procedure. It is best to find out if this will be the case before the appointment.


There are two types of tooth extractions:

• A simple extraction: this type is for cases in which the tooth can be seen in the mouth. The dentist will loosen the tooth using a tool called an elevator, and then uses forceps to for the removal.
• Surgical: This type of extraction is for a tooth that is broken at the gum line, or has not grown out of the gum yet, such as a molar. This procedure is normally done by oral surgeons, but can be done by your general dentist, as well. They will make a small incision into your gum to help remove the tooth, and may need to remove some of the surrounding bone, or cut the tooth in half.

It is important to note that when sedated, you may feel some pressure, but no pain.


Immediately after the procedure, you will most likely be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze in order to minimize bleeding. The skin on the inside of the mouth cannot heal the way our skin does elsewhere, so the bleeding may be more persistent and uncomfortable.

Fortunately, there are several ways to minimize any pain or discomfort. Your dentist will likely advise an ibuprofen such as Advil or Motrin, which will act as your first follow-up step. An ice pack is another helpful thing to have around while in recovery. Make sure to eat only soft, cool foods for the next week or so, and to rinse out your mouth with warm salt water periodically.


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