When a tooth becomes severely decayed and the infection in the tooth threatens to spread to other parts of the mouth, fillings or even root canals may no longer be a possibility. When this happens, unfortunately, removing a tooth is the best option for a patient. This is the only way to keep the infection from spreading. Because of this, a tooth extraction should be done as soon as possible to avoid and more serious problems.
Tooth Extractions from your Annapolis Dentist
Extracting teeth requires some form of anesthetic. At Annapolis Dental Care, we’ll clearly explain your options during your consultation and what each anesthetic option entails.
- Local Anesthetic: Local anesthetic numbs the area where the tooth will be removed.
- General Sedation: General anesthetic prevents pain in the whole. At Annapolis Dental Care, our sedation or general anesthesia options allow you to virtually sleep through the extraction. This is especially helpful if we’re removing multiple teeth.
Once the extraction is completed, we will explain the steps you should take to reduce your pain during the recovery process and to maintain your oral health as your mouth heals.
- Take painkillers as prescribed.
- Rinsing with salt water 24 hours after surgery. Do this several times a day.
- Eating soft foods.
- Avoid touching or rubbing the area with your tongue.
- Avoid laying down flat immediately after the dental procedure. This may prolong bleeding.
- Avoid physical activity after surgery. This may increase bleeding.
- Avoid smoking.
- Carefully brush your teeth and tongue.
At Annapolis Dental Care, you can rest assured that you will receive the finest, personalized, attention you deserve.
If you have any questions about Tooth Extractions from your Annapolis Dentist, or if you wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Annapolis Dental Care by calling (410) 267-0766 or visit AnnapolisDentalCare.com today! You can also follow Annapolis Dental Care on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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