At some point in your life, there may be a time when you need to get a tooth extracted. There are several reasons you may need a tooth extracted.
- If you choose to extract a tooth rather than have a crown placed, and you opt for a dental implant to be placed.
- If there is overcrowding in your mouth, you may need to get a tooth or teeth extracted before orthodontic treatment.
- Impacted teeth, such a wisdom teeth, most likely need to be extracted.
After it is determined that you need a tooth extracted you will need to follow a few guidelines to help you recover as quickly as possible.
- Be sure to take the medication that your dentist prescribed. You will get medication for both pain and to prevent infection. Follow the prescribed instructions carefully.
- If you experience pain or swelling after your extraction, this is normal. You can apply ice to the area.
- Drink plenty of liquids and eat soft foods post extraction. Avoid hot soups and drinks. Do not use a straw. About a day after the extraction you will be able to begin eating soft solid foods. When it feels comfortable, you may begin gradually eating your normal diet.
Always call your dentist prior to extractions if you have a fever, nausea or vomiting. If you experience continual pain, swelling or bleeding you should call your dentist.
At Town Center Dental, Dr. Paes makes it his top priority to care for your all aspects of your dental care. Call our office today.
Posted on behalf of Town Center Dental