Tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures performed in a dental office. Tooth extractions can be simple or surgical, and sometimes even need a root tip extraction. They are not especially comfortable no matter which method must be used. However, mobile surgical extractions make it possible for the procedure to take place in the comfort of your own home.
What are Mobile Surgical Extractions?
Mobile surgical extractions mean that the dentist will come to your home, whether that be a private residence, nursing home, or assisted living community, to perform your surgical extraction. When a tooth cannot be removed with a simple tooth extraction, a surgical extraction of the tooth is necessary.
A simple tooth extraction is a quick, and just slightly uncomfortable procedure. When the tooth is visible above the gum line and can be easily reached, the dentist will use an elevator to loosen the tooth and forceps to pull it out.
A surgical extraction is necessary when the tooth has not erupted through the gum line (such as an impacted wisdom tooth) or has been damaged to the point where a simple extraction may not be successful. Mobile surgical extractions, while still a surgery, can be performed outside of the dentist office. An extraction is considered surgical when the dentist must open the gum line to access the tooth. The site must also be closed with stitches afterward.
An extraction that requires the tooth to be sectioned into multiple pieces, even if an incision is not made, will also be considered a surgical extraction.
The Process of Mobile Surgical Extractions
When a mobile dentist performs a mobile surgical extraction, the procedure is performed the same way it would be in a dental office. Depending on if you need more than one mobile surgical extraction, the procedure may begin at home. Some mobile dentists will prescribe a pain reliever to be taken an hour or two before the procedure. Some patients that have anxiety or dental phobias may also be prescribed a medication to help them relax as well.
When the mobile dentist arrives to perform the procedure, they will begin with numbing the site where the extraction will take place. A local anesthetic will be injected. Mobile dentists may use a topical analgesic to numb the gum before the injection.
For patients that need additional pain support, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) may be used in addition or instead of a local anesthetic. Patients that need more than one mobile surgical extraction may be offered anesthesia to put them to sleep during the procedure. This is common when patients have four impacted wisdom teeth that need to be removed.
Once the patient is settled in with their pain management, the mobile dentist will make incisions in the gum to extract the tooth. The periodontal ligament will be released using a very small blade. If the tooth needs to be sectioned or bone needs removed, this will be done next. After the tooth is isolated, an elevator tool is used to enlarge the tooth socket.
Next, the mobile dentist will remove any fragments of tooth. Once the entire tooth is removed, the root will be extracted. At the end of this process, additional steps may be taken if implants are going to replace the tooth. If only the mobile surgical extraction is being performed, the socket will be closed with stitches.
Post Mobile Surgical Extractions Care
After having a mobile surgical extraction, you will not be able to drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after the procedure. You will experience some bleeding but will be given gauze to bite down on to help absorb and help clot the blood. Painkillers may be prescribed and should be used according to the directions to help with pain and inflammation. Applying ice packs to face and jaw where the surgical site is will also help with pain and inflammation.
Mobile surgical extraction patients should also not spit, drink from a straw, or make sucking motions with their mouths for at least 24 hours after mobile surgical extraction. A soft foods diet will also typically need to be followed for the first 24-48 hours. Usually after the first few days, patients can gradually introduce harder foods as they can tolerate. Continue to brush your teeth as regular, but avoid the surgical site and rinse your mouth rather than spitting.
When To Call The Dentist After Mobile Surgical Extractions
If you are experiencing severe bleeding four hours after your mobile surgical extraction, the dentist should be called. Nausea, fevers, chills, and vomiting after mobile surgical extraction also warrant a call with the mobile dentist. The entire healing process after mobile surgical extraction can take one to two weeks.
If you need a mobile surgical extraction in the North Central Texas region, call Brown Mobile Dental Today at 817-335-5555