Tooth Extractions After-care
For some people, a trip to the dentist could be daunting due to the perceived pain and discomfort associated with dental procedures. However, rest assured that tooth extractions are a fairly routine and common standard dental procedure, so your dentist is most likely experienced enough to give you a stress-free tooth extraction!
You may be wondering about standard tooth extraction cost, which will be elaborated on towards the end of this article.
Types of Tooth Extractions
a simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is fully grown out from the gums and is fully visible in the mouth. This is a common and less invasive procedure that involves the dentist injecting numbing agents into the treated site before loosening the tooth and then removing it with dental forceps.
surgical extractions are performed on teeth that have yet to fully grow out such as impacted wisdom teeth, or a tooth that has broken off near the gum line. Your oral surgeon might administer anaesthesia for the procedure, and create a small incision in your gum in order to remove the tooth.
Whenever you require a tooth extraction, it is very important to take note of how to care for your teeth after tooth extraction. Thus, here are some tips on how to care for the treated area after the procedure.
4 Tips for After Tooth Extraction
After tooth extraction, it is vital to keep the area treated as clean as possible to prevent future infections of the wound (Colgate, n.d).
- You should bite down firmly on the sterile piece of gauze that the dentist asks you to bite on after the extraction for at least 30 minutes. This minimizes bleeding and allows a blood clot to start forming.
- To avoid dislodging the blood clot formed after the tooth extraction, do not use a straw when drinking liquids. You should also avoid drinking hot liquids.
- Do not gargle your vigorously or touch the teeth and area near the treated site, including when cleaning, for the next 2 days.
- If there is swelling after the tooth extraction, you should hold an ice pack at your cheek near the treated area at 15-minute intervals to soothe the area and reduce swelling.
- You should limit any high-intensity or high-impact exercises, as well as any strenuous activity to avoid injuring or irritating the treated area.
- If your dentist prescribed painkillers, remember to take the recommended amount if the wound continues to hurt.
- Without complications, the pain should subside within 1 to 2 weeks after the tooth extraction depending on the severity of your procedure. If you continue to experience any pain, bleeding or swelling, contact your dentist immediately.
If you follow these simple steps as well as any additional care your dentist recommends, you will most definitely have a successful and fuss-free tooth extraction!
Tooth Extraction Costs
There are many possible factors that could contribute to how much tooth extractions could cost, such as the type of tooth extraction, the experience of the dentist, as well as whether you are doing it at a private or public establishment.
In Singapore, a simple standard tooth extraction would cost about S$80 to S$150 in a private dental clinic, while a more complex standard tooth extraction costs anywhere from S$350 to S$1250.
For wisdom tooth extractions, it is pricier as wisdom tooth cases are usually more complicated and extractions are hence more difficult to perform. At a private clinic, a simple wisdom tooth extraction costs S$150 to S$250, while a complex case could range from S$350 to S$1250.
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