Tooth Extractions

When are Tooth Extractions Necessary?

Tooth extractions are sometimes necessary when a tooth becomes infected or has extensive tooth decay. Teeth may need to be removed when there is overcrowding to make room before getting braces.

What should you expect when you are scheduled for a tooth extraction?

Dr. Herman will numb the area to lessen any discomfort.  After the extraction, Dr. Herman 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 24 hours.  These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.

For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag.  Dr. Herman may prescribe a pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.

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