As scary as they sound, tooth extractions are fairly common. Thankfully, with modern dental technology and a skilled dentist, you’ll be back on your feet in no time. Don’t let this common procedure cause you to be stressed. Your dentist shares some lesser known facts about molar tooth extractions in Marietta, OH that can help you feel more prepared and put your mind at ease.
Blood Clots Are Normal
Once your tooth has been extracted, a blood clot normally forms in its place. This is normal and part of the healing process. It’s important not to disturb the blood clot as that can lead to complications. Your dentist may also choose to give you a few self-dissolving stitches if he feels it to be necessary. They will disappear on their own as your gums are healing.
You Won’t Feel Pain During Your Procedure
Your dentist will completely numb the area in order to perform the extraction, so you won’t be able to feel any pain. As the pain medication wears off, you may feel some discomfort in the area. You can control this with over-the-counter pain pills. If you are feeling an increase in pain as the time goes on, give your dentist a call.
It Will Take Up to Two Weeks to Recover
The initial recovery will take a few days. The site should be completely healed two weeks after the extraction. Your dentist may want you to book a follow-up appointment to ensure that everything is healing correctly and looking good.
Stick to Soft Foods
After your extraction, stick to liquid and soft foods like soup, mashed potatoes, and applesauce. As time goes on, you can add harder foods back into your diet. Avoid chewing on the side of your extraction until the site is fully healed.
You Must Brush Carefully
You should still be brushing your teeth during the healing process, but you need to be extra careful not to touch the extraction site. There’s a possibility that you could dislodge the blood clot which causes dry socket. When this happens, the bone and nerves underneath are exposed leading to severe pain and a higher chance of infection. Instead of brushing the area, gently swish a saltwater solution around your mouth twice a day to keep the area clean.
There Are Things to Avoid
As your gums are healing, there are certain things you should avoid. You shouldn’t smoke, rinse or spit forcefully, use a straw, or drink alcohol. Have a friend or family member drive you to and from your appointment.
Keep these things in mind and bring up any concerns you have to your dentist. He will be able to address them so you can go through with your procedure with peace-of-mind.
About the Author
Dr. Jeff Lee is well experience in providing a variety of different procedures including tooth extractions. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and completed a four-year residency in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (740) 432-8768.