Extraction: removal of a tooth
Dentists and Oral Surgeons remove teeth for various reasons.
Some examples include:
- Dental cavities
- Gum Disease
- Dental infection
- Trauma or injury to the tooth or surrounding bone
- Wisdom teeth complications
- Preparation for dental prosthesis or braces
- Baby teeth not falling out at the proper age
Preparing for Extraction
Dentist will thoroughly review your medical history and any medications that the patient is currently taking. Be sure to provide a complete list of all medications including over the counter as well as supplements.
Some patients may need to stop or start taking certain medications in the days leading up to surgery and after.
If you are on any blood thinning medications or medication for the treatment of Osteoporosis, increased precautions need to be taken when removing teeth.
The first 24 hours are extremely important. Disturbing or irritating the area can prevent blood clots from forming effectively and greatly delay the healing process.
Following extraction, please avoid:
- Sucking through a straw
- touching extraction site with tongue or fingers
- eating solid, crunchy food
- rinsing vigorously
- drinking alcohol or using alcohol-containing mouthwash
If you have any questions regarding a recent extraction please review these post op instructions below.
Extraction Post-Op Instructions