An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of damage to the tooth, disease, or crowding. The most common tooth extractions are usually wisdom tooth extractions.
If you need an extraction, your Fresh Dental Smiles dentist will first numb the area to ease any discomfort.
After the extraction, your Fresh Dental Smiles dentist will advise you on a post tooth 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.
Here are some tips to follow to make 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 a diet given to you by your Fresh Dental Smiles Dentist.
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 right away. Ask your Fresh Dental Smiles 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.