Extraction in Tacoma, WA
Your dentist at Tacoma Family Dentistry & TMJ/Sleep Apnea Centre may recommend dental extraction due to multiple reasons. Some common causes include impacted or infected teeth, overcrowding, cavities, or damaged teeth.
Extraction is usually suggested as a last option, and our caring dental team makes every effort to preserve natural teeth as far as possible. However, at times, pulling out the tooth may be the best way forward for pain relief and to prevent the infection from spreading.
How to Prepare for a Tooth Extraction
In the event that you require tooth extraction or oral surgery, you may want to take a few precautions and prepare beforehand to ensure a speedy recovery. Tooth extractions in Tacoma, WA may be simple or surgical.
From the point of view of the patient, it’s best to clarify any doubts or questions with your dentist before the procedure. Our friendly dentists at Tacoma Family Dentistry & TMJ/Sleep Apnea Centre are always happy to answer your questions and set your mind at rest.
- If you are consuming prescription medication or have any allergies or a health condition (like diabetes or blood pressure and so on), please let your dentist or oral surgeon know.
- Avoid smoking or consuming from the day before – try to get a good night’s sleep.
- If you are anxious about the sedation procedure, please feel free to talk to us. We use a range of local as well as oral sedation, and we do everything we can to keep you as comfortable as possible.
Follow-Up Care After Tooth Extraction
It’s common for patients to experience mild discomfort after tooth extraction for about 2 to 3 days. The dentist will prescribe painkillers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve any residual pain or discomfort. For best results, it’s good to start taking the medication before the anesthesia wears off.
Once the extraction is over, you may be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze for 20 to 30 minutes until the bleeding stops. A surgical cut in the gums bleeds more compared to a cut in the skin as the wound cannot scab over.
Call or email us at Tacoma Family Dentistry & TMJ/Sleep Apnea Centre in Tacoma, WA for extractions near you.