An extraction means to have a tooth pulled. There are a number of reasons why this may be necessary. If your mouth is crowded, our dentists may decide to pull a tooth. Also, if there is no room in your mouth for a tooth to break through the gums, it may be pulled. If tooth decay reaches the pulp of the tooth and causes infection, root canal treatment is usually needed. However, if the infection is too severe, extraction will be performed to prevent the infection from spreading. If you are going through a medical procedure like chemotherapy or an organ transplant that compromises your immune system, even the risk of infection is reason enough to pull a tooth.

After tooth extraction in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, we recommend that you follow these steps to reduce discomfort, minimize the risk of infection, and speed recovery:

  • Take painkillers as our dentists prescribe.
  • Bite gently but firmly on the gauze pad for three to four hours.
  • Apply an ice bag to the area after the procedure to keep the swelling down.
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the procedure.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting vigorously for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with a solution of ½ teaspoon of salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke during the healing process.
  • Eat soft foods like soup, pudding, and yogurt.
  • Prop your head up when lying down.
  • Continue to brush and floss, but avoid the extraction site.

Call Oakmont Family Dentists today to schedule an appointment with Drs. Nader and Resek.