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What can I expect with a dental extraction?

If your dentist recommends extracting a tooth, you may have mixed feelings. If you’ve been suffering from an achy, sensitive tooth or gums, you may feel relieved. But you also may have plenty of questions and concerns about the procedure. If you need a dental extraction in Sedalia, MO, it can help ease your worries if you know what to expect.

wife and daughter hugging dad after tooth extraction in sedalia moThe Dental Extraction Process

Your dentist will take a thorough health history to ensure that you don’t have any underlying conditions that could affect your recovery.

At your dental extraction appointment, your dentist will numb the entire area using anesthesia. Once the extraction is complete, your dentist will pack gauze into the socket to ease bleeding and may use self-dissolving stitches, if necessary. Keep ice on the area for 10-minute intervals to reduce swelling.

After You Get Home

Your dentist will give you specific instructions following your dental extraction. In general, here’s what you can expect:

  • Avoid chewing the day after the procedure and eat only soft foods like yogurt, pudding, soup, shakes, and applesauce. Then slowly reintroduce solid foods.
  • Prop up your head with a pillow to reduce any bleeding.

When to Call Your Dentist

Some pain and sensitivity around the area are normal, but if you have any of these symptoms, call your dentist right away:

  • Signs of infection, such as excessive discharge, swelling, or redness
  • Nausea or vomiting
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