An extraction is performed to remove a tooth, whether because of disease, crowding, or damage. When extractions are required, the area around the tooth will be numbed and your dentist will remove the tooth. A small amount of soreness and bleeding is normal. If bleeding persists, wet a teabag and gently bite on it, covering the extraction site. When rinsing, use warm salt water and swish gently, do not spit forcefully.
Caring for your mouth after an extraction is very important. Your dentist will outline how you should care for the area of the extraction. It is important to allow your mouth time to heal, so avoid activities like smoking, drinking through a straw, or eating foods that may aggravate the area.
At Minasian Family Dentistry, extractions are the "last resort". It is usually a better option to save a tooth when possible.
Occasionally, after an extraction, you could experience slight to moderate discomfort, such as soreness or swelling. If this occurs, please call the office for instructions. Occasionally, antibiotics are prescribed.
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.