What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?
Dr. McGee will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, he will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal.
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and cause a dry socket.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward. Do not swish or gargle, gently move the head from side to side. For pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.
At Oak Park Dental, we routinely take three types of x-rays:
- Bitewings are used to help diagnose cativities between your teeth, as these areas are not visible when looking directly in the mouth.
- Periapicals show the entire tooth, including the root and surrounding bone, and are useful when diagnosing an abscess, impacted tooth or bone loss due to periodontal disease.
- Panoramics give us a view of your entire jaw. A good screening tool, they show any abnormal growths or cysts in your jawbone and are used during the extraction of wisdom teeth.
For more information, call Oak Park Dental at 337-478-3232.