A tooth extraction is an outpatient procedure performed by a dentist. Some of the reasons for tooth extraction include:
- Space: The need to create space in the jaw in preparation for braces.
- Severe Decay: Sometimes a tooth extraction is the only way to treat a severely decayed tooth. (1), (2)
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
When you undergo a tooth extraction procedure, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. You may also receive an anti-anxiety medication or an intravenous sedative. If the tooth extraction involves an impacted tooth, the tooth may be broken into pieces before it is removed.(1), (2)
Dental Care after a Tooth Extraction
After any type of tooth extraction, be sure to follow your dental professional’s instructions for oral care, including the following tips:
- Eat Soft Foods: Stick primarily to liquids until any anesthesia wears off, and then limit your diet to soft foods for the first few days after a tooth extraction.
- Take care of your teeth: Don’t brush the teeth immediately next to the area of tooth extraction on the first day after the procedure, but do brush the rest of your teeth. Two days after a tooth extraction, get back to a good oral care routine. You may want to try the Oral-B Pro-Health Gentle Clean Toothbrush, Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste, and Crest Glide Pro-Health Floss for Sensitive Gums (1), (2), (3)
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