Need an Extraction?
One of the most common procedures performed by a dentist is the extraction
Extractions can range from simple to complex.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort.
During the first 24 hours after the extraction it is important that a blood clot forms on the extraction site to stop bleeding, reduce pain, and speed healing. To protect the clot and avoid the pain of dry socket we recommend the following:
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Instructions: What to do after an extraction...
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.
To control discomfort, take pain medication before the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended.