Has your oral healthcare provider recommended that you receive a tooth extraction? Perhaps your dentist has suggested that you visit a specialist like a prosthodontist to review your tooth replacement options after treatment. Whatever the case might be, if you have an upcoming tooth extraction, you probably have some questions. Following are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about tooth extractions and replacement teeth.
What does a tooth extraction entail?
A tooth extraction is a procedure where an entire biological tooth is removed from the oral cavity. This procedure is common when teeth are too damaged to be saved with root canal therapy and restorations. Wisdom teeth are commonly extracted as well because retaining these teeth contributes to a number of issues such as orofacial pain, unwanted tooth movement, and dental caries.
After a patient is checked in and taken back to an examination room, vitals will be taken. If vitals like blood pressure look normal, then the process of preparing a patient for treatment goes forward. Patients will then receive local anesthetic, which numbs the nerves in and around the treatment area, and prescription medication, if necessary. Sometimes sedatives are prescribed to increase comfort during more complex extractions.
How will I feel after my procedure?
Right after your treatment, your mouth will likely feel numb. If you took prescription medications for anxiety or pain, you might feel effects like drowsiness and dizziness. It is important to place a cold compress on your jaw/face immediately following a tooth extraction. Using ice packs within the first day and a half after treatment will help manage swelling. After a tooth is extracted, patients might feel soreness but this can be managed with over the counter analgesics or prescription medication.
What are my tooth replacement options?
Our prosthodontist is an expert at creating beautiful replacement teeth. We offer a number of tooth replacement solutions including dentures, partials, bridges and dental implants.
If you are in need of replacement teeth, we invite you to call Dakota Prosthodontics & Implant Center to schedule a consultation.