Extractions

What to expect with a tooth extraction?

At first, your dentist will numb the area to lessen any discomfort for the duration of the extraction. istock_000016803664_largeUsing the necessary tools, the dentist will extract the tooth and compress the site to control the bleeding. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal, and most likely you wont be able to chew near the area. The dentist may also prescribe a medication, as needed.

What to avoid

After You’ve Had a Tooth Pulled Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing. For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual, but don’t clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.