Tooth extraction - what to be prepared for in advance
There is hardly a more unpleasant and disturbing thought than having a tooth extracted. Undoubtedly, of all dental procedures, tooth extraction ranks first for patients by criteria such as panic and fear. Unfortunately, even the best dentists sometimes run out of all possible medical techniques and therapies to save the tooth. Then tooth extraction becomes inevitable, and in many cases necessary, as neighboring teeth can be damaged and the patient may develop an infection, bacterial outbreak, or even sepsis.
In any case, your doctor will inform you of everything that awaits you if a date is set for tooth extraction. Sometimes, however, the fear and panic we mentioned are so great that whatever the dentist tells us after such news, it seems to pass through our ears without understanding the details and meaning.
Therefore, in this article we will briefly and with maximum effort reassure you that everything will be fine, we will give you instructions and the necessary information about the upcoming intervention.
When is a tooth extraction necessary?
A good dentist will do everything possible to avoid this final intervention. Therefore, if you completely trust the dental specialist, you should not question the need for the diseased tooth to be extracted. However, you always have the option to seek a second opinion. It will overlap with the initial recommendation for tooth extraction if:
- There is no option to cure the tooth due to too long delay of therapy for deep caries and pulpitis.
- The tooth is completely destroyed and there are no really promising good results to build reliably with a crown or bonding.
- The tooth is fractured deep below the gum
- A number of procedures have been performed, but none have shown any effect on saving the tooth.
- In severe periodontal disease and in the presence of exacerbating, incurable granulomas.
- In sages who have not fully penetrated, extraction may also be necessary to prevent future, far more serious problems.
The most important question, of course, is, "Will it hurt?"
It is unlikely that nowadays there is a dentist who will extract a tooth without first anesthetizing the patient. Tooth extraction in all cases is completely painless. This also applies in cases where stitching is required. In some cases, there may be some discomfort, but your dentist will prescribe the necessary painkillers to minimize it, and will advise you on how to take care of the oral cavity and how to eat during the first days and weeks of recovery. . It is extremely important to follow all of these guidelines to avoid complications.
Does the patient need prior preparation for tooth extraction?
Preparing for a tooth extraction is basically the job of your dentist. What is required of you is to indicate existing diseases and allergies, if any. The patient's health status is important because tooth extraction is not recommended in some cases, such as malignancy, stomatitis (inflammation of the oral cavity) or acute viral respiratory diseases. The oral cavity must be kept perfectly clean before the procedure. This will guarantee the absence of subsequent complications due to infection. In case of cardiovascular disease, prior consultation with a cardiologist is recommended.
Recovery period after tooth extraction
After the extraction, your doctor will give you a complete list of instructions. However, in advance, you could also help yourself with some actions such as:
As you will need to eat soft, mushy foods on the first day, provide a device or person / place that can assist you with this point.
Avoid taking aspirin before and after the procedure. This medicine prevents blood clotting and causes prolonged bleeding.
Set that you should not smoke for at least 72 hours after tooth extraction. If it will be easier for you, stop smoking in advance, so as not to combine this already annoying moment with the discomfort after extraction.
At DENTAL CLINIC ALEKSANDAR VALEV you will receive detailed written instructions on what to do before and after the intervention. More importantly, here you will get the understanding as well as the peace of mind you need before extraction. Dr. Valev will do everything possible to save your tooth and only then will proceed to the last remaining option, namely extraction. You can count on his consultation for a second opinion in case you have already been recommended extraction.