An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma, or crowding. If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. 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. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag, and call your dentist right away. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss as usual, but don't clean teeth next to the extracted tooth.
There are times when a tooth is beyond repair or it is causing unnecessary crowding in your mouth. Such circumstances call for an extraction, where we fully remove the tooth.
It’s routine practice for dentists to refer out patients for extractions. Not at Yost Family Dentistry. We prefer to handle all of our dental procedures in house. Extractions, like any other dental procedure, require a sense of trust between a patient and his or her dentist.
Wouldn’t you prefer to have a well-established relationship with the dentist who is about to perform your extraction? Contact us today to schedule your appointment now.