IS DENTAL EXTRACTIONS PAINLESS?
A lot of people freak out when they hear the dentist say they have to go through that procedure and reject the idea even when it means a healthier mouth. The second after they hear dental extraction, they hurry to ask for another option other than having a tooth pulled out of their mouth. But before choosing no to have the extraction, find out why this technique can be painless.
To put it in a few words is simply the removal of a tooth. A tooth extraction may be performed for various reasons, a very common one is that is too badly damaged to be repaired. Also, it can be because of a wisdom tooth, an infection which can cause bad breath or prepare the mouth for braces. This can be done with local anesthesia or a low-grade sedative.
To have the best experience, first look for professional dental clinics. You don’t know how many people don’t have the correct knowledge; didn’t complete their degree and still practice dentistry. Don’t let this happen to you and search for the perfect place with the right papers and permits.
Trust Dental Care in Tijuana has the best dentist in the city, offering you personalized service. Even if you are on the other side of the border, they will make you feel comfortable helping you with anything you need and answering any question you have.
In terms of organization, we recommend planning your day around your appointment. A simple extraction by itself can last from 10 to 15 minutes in Tijuana Dental Care, but take in consideration that the preparation, proper sedation and stitching can take up to 40 minutes. The prolongation of the appointment also depends on how many teeth will be removed.
From the anesthesia, you should expect a slight pinch from the needle. As soon as the anesthesia kicks in, you will feel a sense of numbing in your gums, cheek and even in your lips. Next, you will feel a back and forth movement that’s used to loosen up the tooth and finally pluck it out of your mouth. A little bit of blood can come out of that cavity but nothing to worry about, the assistant will quickly use a vacuum tubing to clean the mouth.
Next step is to carefully stitch the gap that the extraction has left which will favor the healing of the wound keeping the edges approximate so as to reduce the tension between them. This is another painless method done with a special type of thread that, with the due care, will not get infected easily. Other than that, you should not expect any discomfort during the procedure.
If you don’t believe us, believe the science. A study (Kammerer, 2012) asked 88 subjects who had lower molars removed to rate the level of pain they experienced during their procedure. On a scale of 0 to 10 (10 being the worst), the average score was reported between 0 and 1.
It’s totally normal if you feel pressure in the area because of the swelling but it can not be confused with pain. Severe pain after 3 days could indicate other problems. Make another appointment so your dentist can check it out and identify the problem.
Speaking of trust, if you feel any discomfort during your procedure feel free to let your dentist know about it. Build a patient-dentist relationship agreeing in a particular signal to indicate the discomfort without talking. It can be a simple action like raising your hand which can be very useful even if the doctor doesn’t have the best sight.
The recovery time starts about one to two weeks after. During that time, new tissue will be growing. To prevent pain and have a successful improvement, try these suggestions. First, although it may sound very cliche but it’s important to relax and rest the next 24 hours. Don’t do hard work or anything that can put pressure on the surgery.
Take painkillers prescribed by a professional. Apply an ice bag 10 minutes at a time to the affected area to keep down the swelling. Don’t drink alcoholic beverages during the time you’re taking antibiotics or smoke because it can inhibit healing. Don’t eat hard food, try pudding, soups and any soft food you can find excluding dairy. Preferably with no condiments.
You can floss and brush your teeth to keep clean your mouth but do it slowly and with care avoiding the extraction area. If you’re into natural remedies, some experts also recommend that after 24 hours, rinse your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water to kill any bacteria left.
If we lived in the 20th century where doctors had a very different idea of dentistry, the answer to our first question will be an absolute yes. But since that’s not the case, with the evolution of medicine there is no reason why any dental procedure, tooth extractions included, should be painful. Guess we have another thing to be grateful these days.
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