Sometimes it may be necessary to have a tooth extracted, commonly known as having a tooth “pulled.” Although teeth are made to last a lifetime, there are several reasons a extractions may be necessary.
Some of those reasons are:
- Infected Teeth
- Crowded Teeth
- Badly Damaged Teeth
How Does an Extraction Work?
Our patients’ comfort is our primary concern. We offer nitrous gas (laughing gas) for those patients who may need to relax a bit before a procedure. Once comfortable, anesthetic is given to numb the tooth and the area around it. Through the use of special tools, the tooth is removed and then the socket is treated so that it will heal properly. A blood clot forms in the remaining socket. To stop the bleeding, the dentist may ask the patient to bite down on a gauze pad, or place a couple stiches.
What Do I Do After an Extraction?
Proper care is essential to make sure you heal properly after an extraction. Take any medication as prescribed, and make sure to use gauze and ice as needed to control bleeding and inflammation. Eat soft foods and avoid suction like with straws or cigarettes. Brush the teeth around the site gently. You can also rinse your mouth gently with a warm salt solution to keep it clean and help it feel better.
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