Teeth may need to be removed for many reasons. Common causes are extensive decay, gum disease, or trauma.
What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?
Your surgeon will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. Additional anesthesia can be provided by IV medications when necessary.
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.
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 5-7 days. These activities could dislodge the clot, delay healing and cause dry sockets.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. 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.
When having an extraction, today’s modern procedures and follow up care as recommended by your dentist are there to provide you a safe and comfortable experience.