Losing a tooth is a problem, especially for adults, since permanent teeth can never be re-grown once they are lost. If you lose a tooth when you are already well into your adult years, you’ll forever have that gap in between your teeth unless you choose to go for dental treatments which aim to replace teeth. However, there may be no other viable option but to have a tooth removed. So if you’re expected to undergo a dental extraction in Collierville TN, what are some of the things that you need to know?

Examination before the procedure.

Your dentist, Dr. Max Breazeal, will first do a pre-extraction dental check-up in order to evaluate the real status of your dental health and determine if an extraction is really crucial. During this check-up, your dentist may ask you to undergo a dental x-ray or take certain antibiotics before the actual dental extraction can proceed.

Dental x-rays. A dental x-ray is often required by your dentist, Dr. Max Breazeal, especially if there are problems with the positioning or the method of eruption of the tooth that has to be extracted. For instance, teeth which are impacted, or have not emerged from above the gumline, will need to be visualized first before they can be removed. This involves making a cut on the gum covering the tooth in order to expose the impacted tooth before removing it, either as a whole or in sections.

Antibiotic treatment. If the tooth has become infected, Dr. Max Breazeal would have to wait until the swelling subsides before carrying through with the dental extraction procedure. This is because when the extraction is carried on even when swelling is present, the bacteria causing the infection may only escape into the open dental socket and cause a more serious and potentially fatal blood infection.

The medical history.

Your medical history is more important than you think especially when you’re undergoing an invasive procedure such as a dental extraction. Certain medications impair your blood’s ability to form clots. To prevent bleeding incidences, a stable blood clot should form inside the newly vacated dental socket. One drug which increases a person’s tendency to bleed is aspirin. If you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners to treat or prevent cardiovascular diseases, Dr. Max Breazeal may ask you to stop from taking the medication or switch to similar drug minus the bleeding tendency a couple of days before the dental extraction is to take place.

 

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