Tooth Extraction When a Tooth Can’t Be Saved

Whenever possible Dr. Gehrig will save your teeth, but sometimes the oral surgical procedure to remove the tooth must be performed.  This can happen for a number of reasons, but most commonly due to severe decay.  The short video below will explain more about what happens during the procedure and how you should care for your mouth following a tooth extraction.

Sometimes injury or trauma, and the “crowding” of teeth in too small an area can cause your dentist to recommend a tooth extraction procedure. Regardless of the reason, you can be sure this procedure will be done without pain and that you will be provided with instructions for your rapid recovery. As to the procedure, itself, first Dr. Gehrig will numb the area to lessen any discomfort to you.

Home Care Tips for Rapid Recovery After A Tooth Removal

  • Follow the Diet Dr. Gehrig Prescribes
  • Do Not use a straw to drink for at least 24 hours
  • Do not smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously
  • Use common sense and avoid anything which my interfere with the healing process
  • Follow completely any other orders Dr. Gehrig might prescribe in addition to these

If your mouth begins to swell, use a cool cloth or apply ice and CALL YOUR DENTIST immediately.  If you must rinse your mouth for any reason, do so very gently so as not to disturb the extraction area.  You may brush your teeth, avoid the teeth which are next to the extraction area.

Today, with modern procedures, you’ll find this surgery a fairly easy one from which to recover.  Just follow your post operative instructions and you will be just fine and back to normal very soon.

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