Sometimes it is simply not possible to save a tooth and it has to be removed. This is called extraction. The most common causes are advanced tooth decay that should have been treated sooner but can also come about by damage caused by an accident or by ageing, amongst other things.
Extraction is a fairly straightforward dental procedure. Your dentist first numbs the area surrounding the tooth so as to minimize discomfort. A small amount of bleeding is normal and you will be given a mouthwash to rinse with. The bleeding usually stops very quickly.
Your dentist will advise you on any special oral hygiene steps to follow. Some extractions do not need any special care but this simple guide is suitable in most cases
- Rinse your mouth gently for the first few days
- Some selling is normal but if it persists or if soreness is acute then consult with your dentist
- Painkillers can help if you are experiencing soreness
- Don’t smoke or chew your food vigorously.
- Sometimes drinking through a straw for a day may help
- Your dentist may suggest eating soft food for a number of days.
- Take care when brushing to avoid the area where the extraction too place
Your dentist will always be there to provide any follow-up care you may need.