What Is an Extraction?
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are necessary when a tooth is broken or decayed beyond repair. Extractions are also performed to remove impacted wisdom teeth that do not grow in properly, and wisdom teeth that are causing crowding.
When Do I Need an Extraction?
If your tooth is severely decayed and cannot be saved, a dentist will recommend that you get an extraction.
What Will Happen During My Extraction?
The dentist will first administer local anesthesia to numb the area around the tooth. Then, using dental instruments, the tooth will be rocked back and forth to release it from its socket and will then be extracted. If the tooth is broken into pieces or has to be broken into pieces in order to be extracted, a small incision will be made in the gum.
What Can I Eat After An Extraction?
After an extraction, you should avoid hot foods or liquids for 24 hours. After that, you can eat foods that don’t require a lot of chewing like soups and yogurt.
What to Expect When Recovering From an Extraction?
After having a tooth extracted, you can expect some pain and swelling. To reduce this, the dentist will instruct you to apply ice to the area. You should also avoid drinking through a straw, smoking, or brushing or rinsing your mouth vigorously.
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