Tooth extractions are a very common procedure, but they can still be nerve-wracking to patients. If you need to have a tooth removed, there are a few things you can do beforehand to help make your recovery easier. Follow these tips and you’ll be feeling better in no time.
Know What to Expect
If you have dental or medical anxiety, knowing what to expect before your tooth extraction will help to put your mind at ease. Your dentist (or another professional at the practice) can walk you through the procedure beforehand so you understand what is happening during your surgery.
Talk With Your Dentist
While you’re talking about the procedure, tell your dentist about allergies you have, medications you might be taking, or any other medical information that he or she should know. Even though a tooth extraction is a very simple procedure, complications can still arise so it’s important that your dentist knows your health history.
Take Care of Yourself
Taking over-the-counter pain relievers before and after your tooth extraction can help to ease swelling and discomfort. Be sure to stick with soft foods immediately following your tooth extraction, and avoid using straws as they can lead to dry sockets. It’s best to give yourself a full day to recover in bed after a tooth extraction, but you may need more recovery time. Listen to your body.
Tooth extractions don’t have to be scary! If you need a tooth removed, call Waller Dental today. Our staff will work with you to keep you comfortable and calm during your tooth extraction.