How to Care for a Tooth Extraction

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A tooth extraction is an unpleasant—but occasionally necessary—part of maintaining good dental health. Teeth are extracted for a variety of reasons, including tooth decay or damage to the tooth. The good news is that tooth extraction is a routine procedure and the recovery is relatively simple. Nonetheless, good aftercare is required to prevent any complications.

What Exactly is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction, which is commonly known as “having teeth pulled,” is a process by which your dentist completely removes one of your teeth from its socket. A tooth extraction is usually performed when the tooth is damaged beyond repair and other dental procedures are no longer sufficient to preserve the tooth. Teeth are often pulled because of severe tooth decay or gum disease, crowded teeth, teeth that have become fractured or otherwise damaged, or tooth luxation. The procedure is performed with some form of anesthesia, often nitrous oxide. After the dentist removes the tooth, they will clean and disinfect the socket and send you on your way.

Aftercare for a Tooth Extraction

Although tooth extraction is a safe and straightforward procedure, there is a possibility for post-surgical complications. In addition, a tooth extraction can leave your mouth feeling swollen and uncomfortable. For these reasons, proper aftercare is extremely important. Taking care of your mouth post-extraction will prevent complications and minimize discomfort.

The most important aspects of aftercare are those designed to prevent infection. Typically, we recommend that you rinse with warm salt water or a non-alcohol based mouthwash. They may also prescribe antibiotics. Another important aspect of aftercare is rest. Although you may want to jump back into your exercise routine, it is best to avoid strenuous activity for two to three days. This will give your mouth a chance to properly heal. Finally, your dentist may prescribe painkillers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, that you can take if you experience pain or discomfort.

Contact Temple Family Dentistry

If you have any questions about tooth extraction or wish to schedule a procedure, do not hesitate to contact the dental health professionals at Temple Family Dentistry. Give us a call today at (610) 929-4252 or fill out the form below to get started.