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The last thing you want to hear while sitting in the dentist chair is that one of your teeth needs to come out. Over the years, dental technology has advanced to the point that extraction is not needed, but in some cases, it may be unavoidable. Some of those cases may include a situation in which a tooth has been damaged by trauma or decay to the point that it is no longer viable. However, a tooth may need to be removed in the case of a mouth crowded with too many teeth, or to accommodate orthodontic work. Additionally, extraction may be required to address wisdom teeth issues.

Before your extraction, you should let your dentist know about any medications you are taking and any medical conditions that you may have, and if you have been ill or have an infection.

Many extractions are what as known as simple extractions. In a simple extraction, after numbing the site with a local anesthetic, the dentist will loosen your tooth with an instrument called an elevator before removing it with a pair of forceps.

Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory or pain reliever. When taking any of these medications, you should follow the dentist’s instructions. A cold compress or an ice pack can help reduce any swelling you may have. You should also opt for soft foods for at least 24 hours after your extraction.

Finally avoid dry socket. After your extraction, a blood clot will form over to protect the exposed bone and nerve. If the socket is ruptured or removed, you will experience pain and will be vulnerable to infection. Avoid smoking or using straws for 24 hours after your extraction, and rinse the site with a warm salt water solution until it has healed.

If you are experiencing a toothache, or if it is just time for a cleaning and exam for you or someone else in your family, our dentist, Dr Steven Rodriguez will be happy to see you. If you live in the Chelsea, Michigan, area you can call 734-475-8911 to make an appointment at Healthy Smiles Dental Care® of Chelsea. We look forward to helping you improve your smile!