Having a tooth removed due to crowding, trauma or disease is called having an Extraction.

When a patient needs an extraction, the dentist will numb the area to lessen any discomfort, perform the procedure, and then advise of a regimen to follow for after care. A small amount of bleeding is common after an extraction, the mouth will then slowly fill in the bone where the root of the tooth was by the formation of a blood clot.

Recovery tips:

  • Avoid anything that could prevent normal healing
  • Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours
  • Follow the diet instructed by the dentist
  • Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously

If swelling occurs, apply a cold cloth or ice pack and call the dentist right away. You can also ask your dentist about pain medication if necessary. Brushing and flossing like normal are okay but do not clean the teeth directly next to the place where the procedure was performed.

Dr. Kristal can make a recommendation for an extraction to be done by a specialist.