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...

  • Don’t spit, and don’t suck on candies or through a straw
  • Don’t rinse your mouth, and don’t brush or floss next to the site
  • Don’t smoke or use tobacco for at least 72 hours as it will slow the healing process
  • Don’t sneeze or cough, so have sinus or allergy medication on hand if necessary
  • Don’t drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks, and avoid hot or spicy foods
  • Limit yourself to calm activities, and elevate your head with pillows when you lie down to reduce bleeding

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.