From time to time, we need to extract teeth. They can be either emergency situations where a patient is experiencing pain or discomfort, or planned for future good oral health. There are a few reasons why teeth may need to be taken out:
- Wisdom teeth eruption
- Poor oral hygiene
- Poor nutrition
Now taking a tooth out doesn’t need to be scary! Our advice is to simply not listen to the ‘horror’ stories people love to tell, just come in without any pre-misconceptions and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. The dentist will examine the area, usually taking an x-ray or referring for an x-ray to be taken, so he can assess what needs to be done, how long it will take, how easy or difficult it will be and the cost.
If you’re feeling a bit anxious, which is quite common, we are all here to help guide you through. You will probably find that it’s not as bad as you thought it was going to be. We’ve got several patients that will agree with that!
So how do you prepare? We always recommend you have something to eat before you come in. Not only will it help you to feel a little better, but because you’ll have a little injection (see, you won’t feel a thing!), you’ll be numb for a few hours afterwards. Nothing worse than being starving hungry and not being able to eat anything! We will give you some simple aftercare instructions to help look after the area while it heals.
One thing to keep in mind is that everyone heals differently. For the more difficult extractions, we usually recommend taking a day or two off to recover. You may bounce back and feel good as new the following day but it’s a good idea to have a back up plan. If time away from work is a bit tricky, perhaps coming in on a Friday and having the weekend to recover is a better option for you.