The Tooth Extraction Procedure

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Apr 01, 2020

At certain conditions, a tooth extraction procedure may be considered as the best option for a tooth problem. This involves removing teeth from a dental alveolus, which is in the alveolar bone.

Many can be deterred by the idea of teeth extraction, or others assume that it is a long and painful process. However, due to improved dental procedures at the Rejuvenate Dental Arts, teeth surgery has become an easy thing to do. It takes a short time, and the whole process is painless as anesthesia is administered to numb the pain.

Excessive decaying of a tooth or tooth infection can make you require wisdom teeth removal and surgery. You need to be prepared for the extraction before the procedure starts. Ensure you communicate with your dentist before the process begins to inform him of whether you are on some other medication so that he/she is able to select the correct anesthesia for you. Some drugs can cause interactions with the anesthesia, which can then lead to further complications.

You may need to wear simple clothes like short sleeve shirts and loose attires. It is advisable that you avoid eating or drinking before the procedure begins. If you catch a cold before the procedure, it is wise to reschedule.

A cold can cause coughing, which in turn hinders the dentist from operating smoothly. You should not smoke before the extraction. If you experienced nausea and vomiting before the surgery, inform the dentist so that different anesthesia can be used.

Types of Anesthesia Used in Tooth Extraction Procedures

The following are some of the anesthesia used when carrying out the extraction, depending on the patient.

Local anesthesia

This is administered through injections around the area of work. A substance may be applied to your gum before the injection to help numb the pain. You will be awake for the whole procedure but won’t feel any pain, just movements, and pressure.

Sedation anesthesia

As the name suggests, this anesthesia is meant to suppress the consciousness of a patient. It is administered through the intravenous line of the arm. You will not feel any pain throughout the procedure, but you may have a memory that is limited.

General anesthesia

This is administered by either inhaling through the nose or through the intravenous line of the arm. You will immediately lose consciousness. After this is done, the dentist will monitor you’re your breathing, temperature, and blood pressure. There is no pain throughout the procedure, and you will not remember anything about the whole process.

After anesthesia is administered, the next step is now focusing on the tooth. An incision is made in the gum to help expose the bone and the tooth. A bone that blocks the access to the tooth root is then removed. For a broken tooth extraction, the tooth is then divided into sections and then removed in small pieces. Cleaning the area of work is done so as to eliminate any tooth or bone remains.

The wound is then stitched to close it and make it heal quickly. Under different conditions, stitches may not be used. A gauze is then placed over the tooth area to help control the bleeding and aid in clotting the blood.

Once the procedure is completed, the dental practitioner will give you instructions meant to help in the healing process.

Tips to Consider After the Procedure

The following are some of the things to keep an eye on after the extraction.

Pain management

Your dentist may administer medication for relieving the pain. If this does not happen, you can purchase pain relievers on your own or ask your dentist on the most appropriate medicine. You can also use a cold ice pack on your jaw. This will also help reduce pain.


To prevent chances of bleeding, you may need to stop spitting as it can lead to dislodging of the blood clot.


You should avoid eating hard foods for the first 24 hours especially after molar removal. Avoid spicy foods too. You can opt for soft foods like yogurt that do not require chewing.

Cleaning the mouth

During the first 24 hours after the surgery, you should avoid brushing or rinsing your mouth. After the 24 hours, you can brush your teeth, but you need to be very gentle when in contact with the wound.

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