There are many reasons why you may need to have a tooth extracted. For example, if you have severe decay, and your dentist wants to stop the infection from spreading to nearby teeth and gums, extracting the tooth can help. Or, if you have broken a tooth that cannot be repaired, it will need to be extracted to ease your pain before placing implants. No matter what the reason, proper understanding is key to a successful tooth extraction. Here are a few things you need to know before your extraction.
Do Not Stress
The term, "extraction," can be quite overwhelming for some people. In addition, if you have a fear of the dentist or dental tools, you may feel even more anxiety about the procedure. It is important to note stress out about the extraction since it is a common and safe procedure.
Excessive stress and anxiety will only make the extraction more difficult. You may struggle to relax, preventing you from keeping your mouth open and easily accessible by the dentist.
Spend some time breathing slowly and listening to calming music before the procedure to ensure you are not stressed or anxious.
Bring a Ride
Some sort of anesthetic will be used to numb the gum tissue, teeth, and mouth before the extraction. Depending on the extent of the extraction and location of the tooth, your dentist may recommend a more involved anesthetic, such as numbing medication that puts you to sleep for the extraction.
In most cases, you will feel incredibly groggy and tired after the extraction, meaning you will not be able to speak clearly or operate a motor vehicle. Therefore, be sure you have a friend or family member with you to provide you a safe ride home.
Prepare for Diet
Most people will not have much desire to eat the day of their extraction. However, you will need to eat eventually. Of course, eating certain foods will not be comfortable, so you need to stock on the right type of groceries.
Soft foods and liquids are best. Applesauce, yogurts, and even ice cream are great options. Make sure they are not too cold when you consume these items, though, since the cold temperatures could aggravate your teeth. Soups, mashed potatoes, and scrambled eggs are also ideal choices for a day or so after your extraction.
A tooth extraction does not have to be a dangerous or overwhelming event. This guide will help you prepare for this important dental procedure.Share
17 April 2019
I have always brushed and flossed my teeth daily, but I still had the occasional cavity when I visited the dentist for a check-up. He told me it was normal to have a cavity on occasion and that I shouldn't let it stress me out too much. Well, I am not one to just accept any problem I am having, so I started looking into how to improve my oral hygiene even more. I had always thought mouthwash was just to improve your breath, but I found some that said they helped keep cavities away. I started using one every day before bed. I haven't had a cavity in two years now, and I think the mouth rinse is the reason! I created this blog to remind other people that even if they brush and floss regularly, they can always find ways to take even better care of their teeth.