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With good oral hygiene habits teeth can usually last a lifetime. But there are times when a tooth may need to be extracted. If a tooth is too badly damaged to be restored, from trauma or from decay or infection, the only choice is to remove it. Complications from wisdom teeth or overcrowding are other reasons for tooth extraction.
It may seem like a stressful procedure to have done, but the experienced team at Platinum Dental Care in West Jordan can put you at ease and help get you smiling again.
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What can I expect during my tooth extraction?
Before your tooth is extracted the area around your tooth will be numbed with a local anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain, although you will feel some pressure as the tooth is pulled. After the tooth is removed sutures may be necessary and a thick layer of gauze will be placed over the site, with pressure used to stop the bleeding. It’s normal for there to be some mild swelling and pain after an extraction, but applying ice and taking over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen is usually enough to control it.
What should I do to recover after
Taking care of the site of the extraction is important to getting it healed quickly and getting you back to normal. You need to be careful with the area since disturbing or irritating it can keep blood clots from forming effectively and slow the healing process.
Some important things to remember are:
- Take care when eating and eat only soft foods
- Don’t poke around the area with your fingers or tongue
- Don’t use a straw or suck on anything
- Don’t smoke
- Don’t drink alcoholic beverages
- Don’t rinse your mouth vigorously
The pros at Platinum Dental Care in West Jordan will be there for you every step of the way. Call us to learn more now!