What to Expect When a Tooth is Removed
For many people the idea of a tooth extraction is a deeply frightening proposition, but with the proper insight into the procedure itself extractions needn’t be a scary ordeal.
The first thing your dentist will likely do is numb the area surrounding the tooth that is to be extracted so as to alleviate as much discomfort as possible. Some bleeding is normal and your dentist will undoubtedly keep a watchful eye on this to make sure everything is running smoothly, and if you experience what seems to be an inordinate amount of bleeding after the procedure you can always get back in touch with your dentist to see if you are experiencing normal or exacerbated flow.
After all is said and done it is basically best to leave well enough alone and avoid placing any foreign objects into your mouth, i.e. cigarettes, chewing tobacco, large amounts of mouthwash, etc. Some rinsing of the mouth is acceptable, and to deal with any residual discomfort a cold towel or ice pack will suffice, but it is best to speak with your dentist to determine if taking any type of pain killer is acceptable. Your make think it appropriate that you take aspirin or another type of drug to help with inflammation, but again it is best to consult with your dentist on the matter. Try to avoid brushing the teeth surrounding the extracted tooth area, and let your dentist clean the removal site if necessary.
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