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If you are going to have a tooth extracted, learn all you can about the process. This will help you to be better prepared for the procedure and ready to take care of yourself properly once you get home. The information below will give you a better understanding of what you can expect when you go in to have your teeth extracted.
At your first visit
When you go in for your dental exam, the dentist, someone like Kenneth G Edwards, will take a good look inside your mouth. When they spot a potential problem with a tooth, they will take x-rays so they can get a good look at the tooth, the root and the surrounding tissue. If they determine a tooth needs to be extracted, they will more than likely schedule an appointment to have you come back. However, if it's going to be a simple extraction, they may decide to extract it on the spot.
Extracting the tooth
The dentist will start the procedure by numbing the area. This is generally done by giving you a shot in the gum near the tooth. If you are going to have more than one tooth extracted, the dentist may choose a stronger anesthesia you can breathe in through a mask.
Once the area is numbed, the dentist will use a variety of dental tools to loosen the tooth and remove it. The first step will be to rock the tooth back and forth in your gum to loosen it from ligaments and bone. Once the tooth is loose, the dentist may be able to pull it out in one piece. Sometimes, a tooth will be stubborn and the dentist will need to take it out piece by piece.
After the extraction
Once your tooth has been extracted, the dentist will place gauze in the socket. This gauze will help with the bleeding and a clot will form in the socket. This clot is important to the healing process and helps stop the bleeding, so you want to do what you can to prevent it from dislodging. Things such as making sucking motions, drinking alcohol and smoking can dislodge the clot.
Now that you know what to expect when you go in for a tooth extraction, your mind should a bit at ease. Always express your concerns to the dentist early on so you have time to think about what they said so you can come up with any other questions.