Sebastopol, CA dentists, provide 6 tips to prepare for tooth extraction
Many tooth extractions can be avoided with preventive care, in partnership with Whole Health Dentistry. Drs Silvano Senn and Toni Mann work closely with patients to preserve their natural teeth. The process of extracting a tooth is, however, straightforward. So, tips to prepare for tooth extraction at our Sebastopol, CA office are minimal. We’ve provided a list of some of the things to expect from the dental extraction process:
- After evaluating your needs, we’ll discuss why you may need to have a tooth extracted. Root canal therapy cannot restore every tooth with deep decay and other trauma.
- We’ll discuss your options for tooth replacement from the get-go. It’s important to replace teeth promptly with bridges or dentures. The sooner we can restore healthy oral function, the better. Without stimulation from the teeth, the jawbone loses its strength. This process alters how you chew food and pronounce words. The loss of supportive bone also adds years to your appearance by altering the shape of your face and hastening tissue laxity.
- Prior to your treatment, your dentist will discuss options to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after treatment.
- You’ll be provided with clear instructions on any supplements or medications to avoid taking in the hours before the procedure. We may also advise on what to eat or drink prior to your appointment. Transportation may need to be arranged to and from our office. Be prepared to discuss any prescription drugs that you may be taking, as well as vitamins and OTC medications. These products and certain medical conditions that increase risks, such as excessive bleeding, can interfere with healing.
- It’s normal to have some swelling and bleeding post-extraction. We’ll share how to control these and other conditions. A cold compress, ice pack, and gauze pad should be applied to the treatment area. Again, we will provide detailed aftercare instructions.
- We’ll advise on when to reintroduce hard foods to your diet and when to engage in behaviors such as using straws again. Habits such as sucking on a straw can dislodge the blood clot left behind and cause a condition called dry socket.
We can provide general insight into what all patients can expect before, during, and after their procedures. However, there are many variables associated with each patient’s treatment. Removal techniques, for instance, vary depending on how the tooth can be accessed. A tooth that is visible above the gumline generally requires “simple” extraction, whereas a tooth that is impacted or trapped underneath the gums generally requires “surgical” extraction. Call 707 549-6333 to schedule an appointment to discuss your concerns and options.