What is a tooth Extraction?
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 tooth is removed, you may need stitches, some stitches dissolve over time, and some have to be removed after a few days. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge. A bridge is a replacement for one or more of the teeth and may be permanent or removable.
After extraction you should: Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing, Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours, Follow the diet and instructions your dentist suggests.
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 the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.