What Is the Process of Emergency Tooth Extraction?
No dentist or dental specialist will ever recommend tooth extraction unless it is the only viable solution for your problem and the optimal decision for you. So if a tooth extraction or a series of tooth extractions does become inevitable and dental restoration is no longer an option, such as in case of damage caused by trauma, disease or dental crowding, you need to know what to expect.
The more you know about the process, the less fear and uncertainty you will experience in the days leading up to the procedure. But are emergency teeth extractions in Murrieta, Temecula and the surrounding areas any different from a planned tooth extraction? Here’s what you need to know.
What is the process of a tooth extraction?
The specific details of the process of a tooth extraction and the duration of the procedure depend on complexity of the patient’s case. Based on that, we can differentiate between two types of dental extraction:
- Simple extraction: This is a simple, straightforward procedure that general dentists can perform. The dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and then uses forceps to perform the extraction.
- Surgical extraction: This is a complex extraction which is necessary when the tooth is broken at the gum line or when it has failed to fully erupt. The procedure should be performed by an oral surgeon.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
Regardless of the type of extraction, the steps in the process are essentially the same:
- Numbing the tooth to minimize your discomfort
- Enlarging the tooth socket to extract the tooth
- Closing the empty socket
- Controlling the bleeding
- Minimising the swelling
- Post extraction care
How painful is a tooth extraction?
While tooth extractions can be painful, modern science and technology have eliminated much of the discomfort. Each method of anesthesia comes with its own advantages, and your doctor will let you know what they are during your initial consultation.
How long does a tooth extraction procedure take?
Although the duration of a tooth extraction procedure depends on the specific circumstances you are in, an experienced oral surgeon can be performed in as little as 30 minutes even when it concerns a complex extraction of premolars or molars.
How do you prepare for a tooth extraction?
To prepare for a tooth extraction, especially if you are going to receive intravenous (IV) anesthesia:
- Wear short sleeves and loose-fitted clothes
- Do not eat or drink for six to eight hours prior to the appointment
- Do not smoke prior to the procedure
- Inform your dental surgeon of any specific circumstances, such as if you have cold, nausea or similar health issues, as this may be a legitimate reason to reschedule or change your preferred method of anesthesia.
- If you are going to receive general anesthesia, you should have someone accompany you to and from the appointment.
Your doctor may advise you to take antibiotics before the procedure to ensure you are stable in the following scenarios:
- You have an infection or a compromised immune system
- The surgery is expected to take long
- You suffer from a specific medical condition
Bringing the full continuum of quality care to Murrieta: emergency teeth extractions
If an emergency tooth extraction still sounds intimidating, we understand, which is exactly why Temecula Facial Oral Surgery is your go-to place. We will do everything in our power to give you a safe and comfortable experience. At our office, an emergency tooth extraction is an efficient procedure which includes X rays, evaluation and any follow-up care required, as well as a high standard of patient care throughout, which is our number one priority.
Dr. Tsvetov will evaluate the situation and recommend your optimal course of action to dispel your fear and restore your smile. You will be enjoying a family dinner in Downtown Murrieta before you know it. Book your appointment today!
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