When endodontics cannot be performed to save a tooth, what comes next is a dental extraction procedure, generally.
Ideally, our permanent teeth should last throughout our entire adult life. But things don’t always go to plan. Whether due to trauma, disease, decay, or overcrowding, it is sometimes necessary to remove a tooth.
When you are facing a tooth extraction procedure, you may have questions about what to expect. We have written this brief guide to help you understand what to expect from a tooth extraction procedure.
Getting the Best Care: General Dentist or Oral Surgeon?
Depending on the underlying cause for your tooth extraction, your tooth extraction can be performed either at a general dentist’s office or by an oral surgeon, if the case is more complex. Either way, the dentist performing the extraction will conduct a thorough examination, including x-rays, prior to the procedure.
Follow all Pre-Appointment Instructions
If your dentist determines that you should be on antibiotics, make sure you get your prescription filled right away. It is vitally important to your health and safety that you take your antibiotics according to your dentist’s instructions.
In order to prevent any nausea or vomiting, please do not eat or drink for 6-8 hours prior to your appointment.
Also, be sure to make arrangements for transportation both to and from your appointment.
Pain Management Options
For a simple extraction performed by a general dentist, it is often sufficient to use the same pain management techniques offered during other dental procedures, such as getting a crown or having a cavity filled. Once in the chair, your dentist may offer you nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”) to help you relax. The area around the tooth will be numbed by injecting a local anesthetic. This is commonly the most uncomfortable part of the patient’s experience.
More complicated extractions are usually performed by an oral surgeon with the patient under general anesthesia. This will prevent the patient from experiencing any pain or discomfort during the procedure.
To help you cope with any pre-appointment jitters, your dentist may be able to prescribe a mild sedative.
If you’re wondering whether or not your tooth can be saved or if you need a tooth extraction procedure, please do not hesitate to contact New York City Endodontics today. We’ll schedule your consultation and get your oral health back on track in no time.