While losing a tooth is the last resort as treatment, sometimes it is the only option.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed. The causes can be because of disease, trauma or crowding.
What to Expect
If you need an extraction, the dentist will first numb the area around the tooth. You should feel no pain, just a little pressure. The procedure is fairly quick and many patients feel immediate relief after the tooth has come out. In most cases, a small amount of bleeding is normal. In time, the area will form a blood clot and your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was. If you experience any swelling, apply a cold cloth or bag of ice and call the office immediately.
After the Procedure
It is imperative to follow the specific directions from the dentist in order to allow the area to heal. Failure to follow them can result in a dry socket, which is a painful condition that requires immediate attention. Here's some tips to follow to make your recovery easier:
- Avoid strenuous work, no lifting heavy items
- Don't smoke
- Don't drink through a straw or do any sucking motion for 24 hours
- Do not rinse your mouth vigorously