At Broadway Dental Excellence, we’d prefer that you keep your natural teeth for life! However, on occasion, an extraction may be necessary. An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or even crowding.
WHAT IF YOU NEED A TOOTH REMOVED?
If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR RECOVERY EASIER
- Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing
- Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously
- Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours
- Follow the diet your dentist suggests
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your dentist right away. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth, as usual, but don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.
Be sure to follow the dentist’s instructions in the days following your extraction to ensure a quick and comfortable recovery. If you experience abnormal pain or discomfort or suspect infection, please call our office immediately. Most extractions do heal quickly and without problems.