In some cases an extraction of your tooth may be necessary. Tooth removal can be due to disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and and Nitrous Oxide (Laughing Gas) can be used to help with anxiety prior to removing the tooth. Afterwords a small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will replace the tooth root by forming a blood clot in the area.
Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. We will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction and those things that help promote healing and those things to avoid so as to not stunt the healing process. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoiding activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area is helpful.
If you experience any complications, like excessive swelling, bleeding, or pain be sure to call our office right away. Pain medication may be recommended when appropriate after an extraction. While you can care for your other teeth as normal, be careful not to clean the teeth next to the extraction so as to not lose the blood clot that is forming from the lost tooth.
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, visit our office today so we can determine if you need an extraction. Delaying a consultation can worsen the situation and require longer recovery times.