Maintain Your Health With Tooth Extraction
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What is Tooth Extraction?
Although it is never the ideal solution, sometimes your dentist will determine that the best option for preventing further damage to your overall oral health is to remove a tooth or teeth. It is not uncommon for patients to feel nervous about having their tooth or teeth removed, however it is important to know that the removal process is often a relatively simple process.
If you have a loose or damaged tooth or teeth and are wondering if a tooth extraction might be right for you, please contact our staff. At Brook West Family Dentistry, we are committed to providing our patients with the care and support they need. If you are scheduled to have this procedure or have any questions, please contact our staff to see if tooth extraction is right for you. We are proud to provide one-of-a-kind personalized care that is tailored to your unique needs.
Tooth Removal Aftercare
Tooth removals are generally safe and simple procedures, however there are some risks involved following the procedure that are important to be aware of. The most common thing to be wary of is that dry sockets can occasionally develop when the space where the extraction occurred does not heal properly.
One of the most important things to do following your tooth extraction is to stick to a soft diet for the first 24 hours after the procedure. It is also a good idea to avoid using straws and/or smoking for at least 48-72 following this procedure. You should also avoid brushing your teeth for the first 24 hours. It is important to note: bleeding is very common following this procedure, but gauze is generally the most effective approach to addressing this.
After one or two weeks, you should be able to return to your regular oral care routine; however, if you are experiencing sustained discomfort after this period of time, please contact your dentist.
After you have fully healed, it is important to continue practicing good dental hygienic practices by brushing and flossing at least twice daily and continue scheduling your dentist appointments every six months.