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