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Oral Surgery

Removing a tooth

Removing a tooth

Extractions

Tooth Removal

An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.

If you need an extraction, Dr. Greztinger will first numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, he will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow.

Here are some tips to follow to make recovery easier:

  • Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
  • Don’t smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
  • Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
  • Follow the diet Dr. Greztinger suggests.

For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call your dentist right away. Ask Dr. Greztinger about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don’t clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.