While permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, more adults in the United States have had at least one extracted than you may expect. This happens for a number of reasons, such as gum disease, extensive decay, or irreparable damage to the tooth.
If you look for information online about the procedure, you’ll probably find a very clinical description. While helpful, this doesn’t tell you very much about the subjective experience. Here are things that no one tells you about tooth extraction but that you will experience if you have it done under local anesthesia.
- Your Dentist Might Have To Drill
On the first attempt to remove the tooth, the dentist will probably use manual tools to try to pry it out by hand. If this doesn’t work, however, he or she may use a dental slowspeed handpiece to drill the tooth. The purpose is to break the tooth apart into multiple pieces that can be removed more easily.
- You’ll Feel Pressure
If you get a local anesthetic, you’ll be conscious for the procedure. You won’t feel any sharp pain, but you will feel pressure, not only on the tooth that’s coming out but on the teeth surrounding it as well. The surrounding teeth may feel slightly displaced after the procedure. Don’t worry; this feeling goes away after a few days.
- You’ll Hear Scary Noises
As the dentist works the tooth free from the jawbone, you will hear cracking noises. Because they are occurring inside your head next to your ears, they will seem much louder and scarier to you than they would if you were watching someone else’s extraction. It might help a little bit to know that these noises are perfectly normal.
- Your Dentist May Exaggerate the Postprocedure Pain
Your dentist may prescribe you a narcotic painkiller following an extraction. However, this carries a risk of addiction, and in many cases, you can get adequate pain control from Tylenol and ibuprofen. Be careful about taking these in appropriate doses, however, or they could cause liver or kidney damage.
Eat a Nutritious, Hearty Meal
When you’re depressed, it’s easy to either skip meals altogether, or only eat foods that require little to no effort. Unfortunately, this can make depression and anxiety worse, so make it a priority to eat a balanced diet and don’t go too long between meals and snacks. Sometimes, a hearty meal can do wonders for your mood, so indulge in a stick-to-your-ribs supper that also gives your body the nutrients it needs.
Take a Hot Shower or Bath
Persistent feelings of fatigue, disinterest and sadness can make it difficult to maintain proper hygiene. A nice hot shower can do wonders to boost your mood, as well as help you feel more refreshed. Studies have shown that there are numerous benefits to soaking in the bath at least twice a week. The process can help relieve pain and soreness, reduce stress and improve sleep, all of which can help ease depression symptoms as well.
Go for a Walk Outside
Exercise releases endorphins, giving your spirits an instant lift. Many have found that fresh air and sunshine can also help combat depression, so try to work out outdoors whenever you can. Just a half hour walk can help you feel better, so it’s a great place to start. You can also enjoy hiking, bike riding and outdoor group classes, such as yoga or Zumba.
Sometimes, small actions can have a large impact on your depression symptoms. Remember to care for your most basic needs first and you just might find that your mood will lift in the process. Above all, work together with a professional therapist for a complete treatment plan.