The decision to remove a tooth is never an easy one. Dr. Volker has a wide array of advanced methods for treating and fixing an injured or infected tooth, and all these options will be explored first. However, there is always a chance that a tooth will need to be extracted, and it’ll be our goal to make the procedure as well as the task of finding a replacement as easy for you as possible. Learn more about the extraction process at DentCare Dental Center by calling our office today.
Generally speaking, a tooth should be removed if it has been damaged so badly that it can’t be salvaged by a crown, root canal therapy, or any other kind of treatment. Extremely advanced tooth decay and severe physical trauma are both common reasons for an extraction. The procedure might also be necessary if gum disease has destroyed much of the bone tissue used to support the tooth. And as you’re probably aware, the wisdom teeth are routinely removed for health reasons.
Your mouth will need about 7 to 10 days to fully recover from an extraction. During this time, you should focus on protecting the site where the tooth was removed and also managing your own pain. Take ibuprofen or similar medications as prescribed and apply an ice bag to keep any swelling down. During the first 24 hours, avoid rinsing, spitting, or using a straw. Also, to lower the risk of infection, periodically rinse with 8 ounces of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of salt.
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