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Extractions and Care 


Why Extract a Tooth?

  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Cracked tooth
  • Impacted wisdom tooth
  • Orthodontic treatment

After Extraction Care

The proper care following oral surgical procedures will hasten recovery and prevent complications.

1) DO NOT RINSE MOUTH TODAY
Tomorrow rinse mouth gently every 3 to 4 hours (especially after meals) using one quarter teaspoon of salt to a glass of warm water. Continue rinses for several days.

2) BLEEDING
Following extractions some bleeding is to be expected. If persistent bleeding occurs, place gauze pads over bleeding area and bite down firmly for one-half hour. Repeat if necessary.

3) SWELLING
Ice bag or chopped ice wrapped in a towel should be applied to the area; one-half hour on and one-half hour off, for 4-5 hours. 

4) PAIN
For mild to average pain, use any non-aspirin type of medication you like. If the doctor prescribes a specific pain medication, follow the instructions and do not mix with other medications unless approved by your doctor. 

5) FOOD
Soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. 

6) BONY EDGES
Small bone fragments may work up through the gums during healing. These are not roots; but if you find them annoying please return to our office for their simple removal. 

7) UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS
If any unusual symptoms occur, call the office at once.

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