Having the power to significantly improve a patient’s quality of life is one of the joys of being a dentist. Extraction of a tooth may be the only option to achieve that.
Allan Rennie, our dentist, takes great pleasure in seeing the difference he can make. “Extraction of a tooth is a final option. I’ll try to keep a tooth if I can. However, I am always happy to relieve tooth pain. Living without pain makes such a huge difference. Great choices are available now to fill the gap left over after an extraction.
At Devonshire Dental Care in Glasgow, Allan welcomes new patients.
If you are in pain because of your teeth, we hope this information regarding extractions will give you the confidence you need if you believe an extraction could be necessary.
A Consultation With A New Patient
We have a new patient, in this blog we will call her “Olivia”. Olivia scheduled a consultation because she was having oral pain, especially in the lower back molar. Olivia was afraid to visit the clinic as a new patient since she had horrible experiences with other dentists in the past.
A complete assessment
Olivia’s teeth and gums were checked by Allan, who did so with much comfort. Together, they discussed her concerns and suffering.
Allan is well aware that individuals might find it uncomfortable to talk about their oral hygiene practises. He explained to Olivia that her first step toward regaining dental health involved investing more time in her daily oral hygiene practises. Dental staff make an effort to be realistic and sympathetic despite the fact that hygiene is a private and delicate topic. Allan enjoys establishing a caring and understanding relationship with his patients.
Allan advised Olivia to floss between her teeth at least once a day and brush twice daily using prescribed toothpaste with a greater fluoride concentration. Allan also provided nutritional suggestions. He warned Olivia about the consequences of gum disease, including more bone loss, crooked teeth, and eventually tooth loss. Olivia promptly agreed to follow a stricter routine at home.
Allan found cavities of different degrees in more than ten teeth during the inspection. There was also a cracked tooth with a previous repair. Together, the patient and the dentist decided on a course of treatment that included pulling out two lower back teeth, receiving root canal treatment, and getting crowns to cover the front teeth. Fortunately, Allan could use direct Composite Bonding to fix the teeth that had suffered less damage.
Allan gave Olivia the agreed-upon written treatment plan after they had talked about charges and anticipated results. Since it might be challenging to understand every aspect during a session, a treatment plan is a helpful document that patients can review later.
Dental Pain Can Be Relieved By Tooth Extraction
Olivia’s second session involved the extraction of two lower back teeth. Olivia felt she would be relieved to be rid of them in her mouth because the discomfort they caused had escalated throughout the weekend.
Keeping the patient at ease
Allan is aware that a patient needs to be at ease. His attitude is calm and focused. He comforts anxious patients and gives them more self-assurance.
For Olivia’s extractions, he explained the procedure and opted for a hand signal in case she required a brief break at any moment. He informed her of the dangers and requested her verbal consent before the procedure could start.
Patients should be informed of any risks associated with tooth extraction, including:
- Dry Socket
- Nerve Damage
- Jaw Fracture
When stated in this way, it can sound overwhelming, which is why trust is so essential. Allan moves forward with the appropriate caution and care for his patient.
Once Allan and Olivia agreed that the local area is completely anaesthetised, the extraction starts with their permission. The process is swift and effective when using specialised tools like a luxator with an ergonomic design and molar forceps. A successful extraction is followed by cleaning and staunching of the socket. In order to cover the site of one of Olivia’s extractions, Allan also used dissolving stitches.
Although patients are conscious of the dentist’s actions and that tooth extraction sounds difficult, it is not painful.
In order to protect Olivia’s natural healing after her tooth extraction, Allan gave her the following oral and written advice:
- Due to the numbing effects of local anaesthetic, avoid drinking anything hot over the next three to four hours.
- For at least 24 hours, refrain from drinking and smoking.
- After 24 hours, rinse your mouth with warm water with salt.
- Don’t lift anything heavy for the next day or two.
- Go for a soft diet
- Take the proper pain killers
- Control any post bleeding by applying pressure and gauze, and
- In case that bleeding cannot be stopped or there is excruciating discomfort, contact a dentist for help.
After a tooth extraction, some soreness is normal. Olivia fortunately experienced no issues and returned shortly to take the following stages in achieving dental wellness.
Additional medical assistance
To restore her teeth, Olivia had five sessions spread out over two months. She is thrilled with the results! With root canal therapy and crowns, Allan was able to save her front teeth and give her back her smile.
However, that will be discussed in the other post!