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What to Expect with a Tooth Extraction

Tooth Extraction

A visit to the dentist is rarely a welcome occasion—sharp objects, noisy tools, and the uncertainty of what might happen commonly lead people of all ages to dread dental appointments. Often, the uneasiness associated with professional dental care has to do with simply not knowing what to expect.

A tooth extraction is among the most feared dental procedures for these very reasons; losing a tooth as an adult is hardly the rite of passage that it is for a child. However, finding an affordable dentist in Sarasota, understanding associated costs,  knowing what a tooth extraction is and how to prepare, and the process of recovery may help to relieve anxiety.

To maintain optimal dental care, damaged, broken, or loose teeth often require professional tooth extraction. By definition, a tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the socket in the bone. There are a number of reasons why you may need a tooth extraction, but regardless, you need to know the costs, what to expect, how to prepare, and what the recovery process entails.

A comfortable tooth extraction begins with finding an affordable dentist in Sarasota who you can trust. Costs may vary by insurance provider or payment plans offered by the dental care office. Planning your budget and finding a trusted, affordable dentist is an integral first step for easing any anxiety associated with tooth extraction.

Your preparation for a tooth extraction will start with an x-ray, so that your dentist can carefully plan the removal of the tooth. You and your dental care provider will also need to discuss your medical history and the best method of sedation. You need to be aware that preparing for your tooth extraction also means maintaining open communication with your dentist—having a cold, nasal congestion, nausea, or vomiting up to a week before surgery could delay the procedure. Inform your dental care provider if you experience these symptoms to ensure safety and optimal outcomes.

There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical. Simple tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. The tooth is loosened and carefully removed. A surgical tooth extraction is more complex. It is used for teeth below the gum line and requires a small incision in the gum.

Local anesthetic is used for both types of extraction and, in some cases of surgical tooth extraction, intravenous anesthetic may be used. During the procedure, you should feel no pain, only pressure. If you feel any pinching or pain, it is important that you let your dental care provider know.

Following the tooth extraction, your dentist in Sarasota will give you a detailed set of dental care instructions to help you minimize pain and avoid infection. Pain and discomfort following tooth extraction varies. Surgical extractions generally cause more discomfort than simple extractions. However, with both procedures and healthy recovery, the pain should dissipate within a few days. Many dental care providers will prescribe pain medication or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease the recovery process.

Beginning 24 hours after surgery, you should gently rinse with warm salt water daily to keep the area clean. This will reduce swelling and bleeding, as well as promote faster healing.

You will need to eat only soft and cold foods for the next several days, adding other food as your mouth heals. Smoking, sipping through a straw, and spitting after surgery should be avoided—these activities can pull the blood clot from the area of tooth extraction and lead to complications.

Contact your dentist in Sarasota immediately if you experience intense swelling, uncontrolled bleeding, excessive pain, fever, chills, redness, or difficulty swallowing.

To learn more about tooth extractions from an affordable dentist in Sarasota, call Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota today at (941) 306-1818 or make an appointment.

Advanced Dental Care offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Sarasota. With 21 affiliated practices throughout Florida, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Advanced Dental Care of Sarasota. 

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