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Dental Extractions White Plains

A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. There are many reasons your White Plains dentist may recommend that an extraction be performed.

WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR NEEDING A DENTAL EXTRACTION?

Reasons for removing permanent teeth can include:

  • The tooth is unrestorable through tooth decay
  • There is severe periodontal disease
  • There has been dental trauma
  • Tooth may have to be removed before orthodontic work


  • ARE EXTRACTIONS PAINFUL?

    Extractions can sometimes feel a bit stiff, however the process is a painless one, as the area is numbed fully before the procedure begins. Sometimes there can be pain afterwards, when the anesthetic wears off. This is normal and can be treated with your usual choice of over-the-counter pain medication, such as Tylenol or Advil.



    WHAT DO I DO AFTER A TOOTH EXTRACTION?

    Rest is recommended after an extraction, as the jaw can feel bruised and socket quite tender after the trauma of losing the tooth. Use an ice compress to combat any swelling and help numb sensitivity in the area. Gentle rinsing with boiled salty water will help keep the socket clean and remove blood from the wound, without preventing clotting.

    Avoiding extremes of temperature is advised, and a diet of easy to consume, soft edibles recommended for the first few days following the extraction. Foods requiring minimal chewing are best.





    AFTER DENTAL EXTRACTION

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    WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED AFTER A DENTAL EXTRACTION?

    Avoiding extremes of temperature is advised, and a diet of easy to consume, soft edibles recommended for the first few days following the extraction. Foods requiring minimal chewing are best.

    Smoking, drinking alcohol and eating food likely to get stuck in the socket, is liable to cause infection and slow down healing.



    WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THERE IS STILL BLEEDING AND I THINK THAT MY SOCKET IS NOT HEALING WELL?

    If for any reason you suspect your socket is not healing well, contact your White Plains dentist without delay. Infections after a procedure to remove a tooth are not uncommon - you may require irrigation to clean the wound and promote healing.


    Call our office today on 914-428-2052 for an appointment.