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How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This procedure is used when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired with a filling or crown or when the tooth cannot erupt fully from the gums due to impaction. In some cases, an extraction can be performed to prevent infection of the surrounding teeth. 

What Will Happen at My Appointment?

Your extraction will begin with x-rays to confirm that your tooth is visible and healthy enough to remove. We can also provide sedation options to make you more comfortable during your procedure. Once we’ve determined your treatment plan, we will start the surgery. After you’ve met all of the qualifications for your treatment, we will extract the tooth using a gentle, precise method and will provide you with an aftercare package to help you recover properly. You will want to rest and relax for the rest of the day following your extraction.

When your tooth is extracted, it will need to be replaced to prevent your other teeth from shifting out of place. A dental implant is a great way to replace the root of the missing tooth, while a dental bridge can be used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. Both of these restorations will be custom-made to fit your smile perfectly and comfortably. During your consultation, your dentist will talk to you about which restoration will work best for you. Before undergoing any procedures, our dentist in Marysville will perform a physical examination to make sure you’re healthy enough for the procedures.

What Happens After the Procedure?

  • You should eat soft foods for the rest of the day, and please, don’t smoke! Smoking can irritate the extraction site making it more susceptible to infection.
  • Some bleeding may occur for the first few hours after the surgery. You can bite down on a folded piece of gauze for 15 to 20 minutes at a time to help slow the blood flow. A damp tea bag can also be used to control bleeding by applying it to the affected area. 
  • Take the medication your dentist prescribed as directed. If you don’t take it as instructed, you could increase the risk of complications — such as a dry socket.
  • Swelling is normal after surgery and can last for a few days, depending on the extent of the procedure. To help keep the swelling to a minimum, apply a cold compress to the outside of the face during the first 24 hours. You should also avoid hot liquids and activities that may cause excessive sweating for the next 24 hours.
  • The last step in the healing process is for the tooth extraction site to begin closing up. This starts about three days after surgery. If you notice the site is still open or filled with blood after three days, contact your dentist for help.

For more information regarding tooth extractions, please contact your local dentist’s office. Schedule an appointment with Allen Creek Dentistry to learn more about gum disease. We are located at 6618 64th St. NE, Suite C, Marysville, WA 98270. Contact the dentist in Marysville, WA, at (360) 651-2900 or visit our website to book an appointment. 


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