Getting a tooth removed is not an easy or pleasant experience for most. Sometimes, even with the best and most diligent dental care, tooth removal is the only option to ensure a healthy mouth and to prevent future problems from occurring in other parts of your body. For many, there is some trepidation to getting a tooth removed because they are unsure of what comes next for their smile and their overall health, oral and otherwise. Below, we’ll detail to expect when you’re having a tooth removed.
Why would I have a tooth removed?
There are a multitude of reasons to have a tooth removed. Sometimes, your mouth is too crowded and if your teeth are too big for your mouth, one may have to go even if all your teeth are well-cared for. Another reason is infection or risk of infection that may have already afflicted a tooth or may spread to other teeth compromising your oral health or causing other health issues.
What should I expect when I have a tooth removed?
Your dentist or oral surgeon will explain everything you need to know regarding tooth removal for your specific case. Many times, they will inject an anesthetic in the area so you do not feel pain. In some cases, they will use general anesthesia which puts you to sleep, so you are effectively asleep throughout the entire procedure. In some cases, a tooth can be removed all at once. In others, a tooth may have to be removed in pieces.
What can I expect after I have a tooth removed?
Once your tooth has been removed, you should follow a New Hyde Park dentists’ instructions and take any medication as prescribed. For some, painkillers may be appropriate. For others, relaxing for a day or two in addition to putting ice packs on their face to reduce swelling is a tried and true method to recuperate. You should also avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for at least 24 hours. Eating soft foods is helpful in addition to regular oral care, as long as you avoid the area so it has time to heal and repair itself.
If I’m worried about care after my tooth is removed, when should I call the dentist?
Some pain and discomfort is normal once your tooth is removed so you should not need to call the dentist for minor aches and pains. However, there are times when a call to the dentist is warranted. If you believe you have a potential infection, marked by fever and chills, persistent cough, nausea, or vomiting, you should call our office immediately as this may be a sign of a serious condition.
What do I do if I have more questions about having a tooth removed?
If you have any questions about having a tooth removed, our New Hyde Park office is here to assist you every step of the way. Call us today for an initial consultation where we can walk you through the process step by step.