Extractions are that procedure patients hate the most. Being told you have to get a tooth pulled often causes confusion and worry. Nevertheless, do not fear! Knowing what to expect before and after an extraction will calm your nerves.

General VS Local Anesthesia:

Though teeth occasionally have to be surgically removed, it is possible to remain awake and alert during the procedure. Topical anesthesia is applied to the gum near the tooth before anything is injected. This helps numb the area so the patient does not feel the needle prick. Local anesthesia is most commonly used for extractions. The anesthetic is localized only to the region where the tooth is being extracted. This option allows the patient to be verbally responsive and coherent for instructions.

General anesthesia is typically referred to as being “put under”. This method is administered through an IV and the patient remains in a dream-like state.

Regardless of the anesthetic chosen, the numbing feeling will wear off.


Post Procedure Instructions:

The first three days after the extraction are highly important and will set the course for your healing! The below list are things you should avoid because if you do not, you are putting yourself at risk for a dry socket.

It’s crucial to avoid certain foods and movements that can potentially dislodge the blood clot from your extraction site. Once it has been dislodged, you are left with an extremely painful dry socket. As a result, you will need to go back to the dentist to restart the healing process all over again!

Tips For Healing:

Adhering to directions will make for a smooth pain free healing process!

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