It is important for you to take care of your teeth. Even if you have cavities, the team at Kevin Bowcutt, DDS will work with you to make sure we can fill them. There are some situations where we may feel it is better for your oral health to extract the teeth instead. What is this process like, and how long will it take for you to recover? Take a look at a few key points below.
What To Expect After an Extraction
Prior to the extraction, the dentist may decide to administer some local anesthetic to reduce the pain and discomfort. Then, the dentist will extract the damaged tooth. In some cases, this may involve an incision in the gum. In other cases, the dentist may be able to extract the tooth without making a single incision.
Once the process is done, the local anesthetic will gradually wear off over the next few hours. You should expect to have some minor swelling and bleeding following a tooth extraction. There might be some minor discomfort as well. If you feel like the bleeding is getting worse, or if the pain has become unbearable, you should reach out to your dentist for help.
The Recovery Process
You should be able to drive yourself home following a tooth extraction. Pay if you are getting lots of teeth extracted, there is a chance that the dentist may recommend general anesthesia. If that is the case, you may not be able to drive yourself home. Most people who are only getting one or two teeth pulled are able to drive themselves home from the dentist’s office immediately after the visit.
Depending on the nature of the extraction, your dentist may give you a limited diet. You should follow all dietary instructions to help you put your mouth in the best position possible to recover. In just a few days, you should be back to normal. You should be able to return to your routine and 48 to 72 hours. Keep in mind that your jaw has also been through a significant amount of trauma, so it may take several weeks for your jaw bone to heal completely. You may also want to talk to your dentist about possible replacement options for your missing teeth.
Contact Kevin Bowcutt, DDS To Schedule an Appointment
If you are concerned that something might be wrong with your teeth, we are here to help you. At Kevin Bowcutt, DDS, we take great pride in the service we provide to the local area, and we will work with you to make sure your teeth are well taken care of. If we believe you need to have one or more teeth removed, we will work with you to make the process as comfortable as possible.
Then, we will explain exactly what to expect as you recover. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today to schedule an appointment.