What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction - Procedure, Risks, and Recovery
Tooth extraction is a relatively quick outpatient procedure usually performed by a dentist or an oral surgeon with either local, intravenous or general anesthesia, or a combination of these. Several tooth conditions, such as tooth infection, tooth decay, or crowding teeth, can require a tooth extraction in adulthood. Sometimes, you may need to extract one or more teeth while opting to wear braces. Braces provide additional room for the tooth to shift into place.
Tooth Extraction Cost
The cost of tooth extraction depends on whether the tooth is impacted or not. If the tooth is visible, then a simple extraction usually costing between $75 and $200 per tooth does the job. However, if you have impacted teeth, the cost will be higher because you need a surgical procedure to extract them.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Before you schedule the surgery, please inform your dentist about any medical conditions you may have, such as hypertension, renal disease, or diabetes. This allows your dentist to ensure that these conditions are stable before starting the extraction. For a simple extraction, you will first be given a local anesthetic to numb the area and make the procedure painless for you. Next, the dentist will use an elevator to loosen the tooth and then use forceps to remove it.
You may receive both local and intravenous anesthesia for a surgical extraction to make the procedure more enduring. Your dentist will then cut into your gum with a small incision. In surgical extractions, the oral surgeon may need to remove your tooth bone or cut your tooth into smaller parts to extract it.
Risks of Tooth Extraction
A common risk factor associated with tooth extraction is a dry socket. If the blood clot does not form on the extraction site, the bone inside the socket is exposed. This is known as a dry socket. In this case, the dentist will put a sedative dressing over the area for a few days to allow a new clot to form.
Other risks include:
- Bleeding lasting for over 12 hours
- Severe fever and chills, indicating an infection
- Nausea or vomiting
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Redness and swelling at the surgical site
Tooth Extraction Recovery
It takes a few days to recover from a tooth extraction. Here are tips to ensure a smooth recovery after tooth extraction:
- Apply an ice pack directly to your cheek to reduce swelling after the procedure.
- Bite down the gauze pad over the affected area for faster clot formation and reduce bleeding after the procedure. Keep the gauze on for 3-4 hours, or until the pad is soaked with blood.
- Take all medications as prescribed.
- Be sure to rest, and do not use a straw for the first 24 hours.
- Avoid smoking.
- Avoid rinsing your mouth for 24 hours and spit gently.
- When you lie down, prop your head up using pillows.
- Brush and floss routinely, avoiding the extraction site.
- Rinse your mouth using warm salt water after 24 hours of the procedure.
- For 24 hours after the procedure, eat only soft foods such as yogurt or pudding. As you heal, slowly start taking other foods.
If you have persisting pain that even after several days of the procedure or any infection signs such as fever and pus or drainage from the incision, visit your dentist in Ames immediately. Give Campus Town Dental a call if you are considering dental implants or dentures or require tooth extraction and any other assistance regarding your oral health.