While dentists will always try their best to preserve your real teeth, sometimes tooth extraction may be unavoidable. This is mainly if the tooth is severely decayed, damaged, or causing problems. However, even when it’s necessary, tooth extraction can be quite painful and uncomfortable. That’s where local anesthesia comes in.
Local anesthesia numbs the areas around your teeth, making tooth extractions relatively painless and easier. This guide explores how local anesthesia works, including its benefits, potential risks, and what to expect during tooth extraction. Our local anesthesia dentist in York Harbor, ME, ensures pain-free, quick, and comfortable tooth extraction.
Before tooth extraction, your dentist will examine your tooth to determine whether you’re eligible for tooth extraction. Tooth extraction is often necessary when a tooth is impacted or severely damaged or decayed and can’t support dental restorations like crowns and inlays & onlays.
If tooth extraction is needed, the dentist will prepare you for tooth extraction. Then, the dentists will administer a local anesthetic to the gums near the tooth’s that require extraction. You might feel a slight pressure or pinch during the injection. The area gets numb quickly, and you will feel no pain during the extraction.
Local anesthesia stops the nerves in the mouth from sending signals to the brain, blocking pain or discomfort. It’s pretty quick and only takes a few minutes to take effect. Then, the dentist uses dental tools like forceps and elevators to loosen and remove the tooth.
While you might feel slight pressure, you won’t feel pain. Unlike general anesthesia, local anesthesia only blocks pain. You’ll be fully conscious and aware of your surroundings. For people with severe dental fear or phobia, the dentist can offer dental sedation to calm your nerves and make the procedure easier to cope with.
After the extraction, the dentist places a gauze pad over the extraction socket that aids in clot formation, which helps control bleeding and promote healing. Then, the dentist will provide aftercare instructions on managing discomfort, preventing infections, and caring for the area for a speedy recovery.
Some of the benefits of using local anesthesia for tooth extraction include:
While local anesthesia is generally safe and effective, it comes with potential risks and complications. These include:
Once your procedure is complete, it might take a while for the anesthetic to wear off. Once the numbness wears off, you’ll likely experience pain and swelling around the extraction socket. Fortunately, your dentist will provide pain medications like ibuprofen to reduce your symptoms.
Common aftercare instructions for tooth extraction with local anesthesia include:
For more information about tooth extractions and dental anaesthetic, contact York Dental Group to book your appointment today.
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