Tooth Extractions

While it’s always our goal to care for and maintain your natural teeth, there are cases when removing a tooth is in your best interest. We work to make extractions as easy as possible so you can concentrate on a quick recovery.

Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are dental procedures that involve removing teeth from their socket in the bone. This is often necessary due to decay, disease, or overcrowding. The process typically begins with a dental examination, where our dentists evaluate the tooth’s condition. Wisdom teeth are often considered due to their potential for complications such as impaction or misalignment. To ensure patient comfort, local or general anesthesia is administered.

After the procedure, tooth extraction care is crucial, with an emphasis on aftercare to promote healing and prevent complications like dry sockets. This is a painful condition that can occur if the blood clot at the site is dislodged. To mitigate risks, patients are advised to follow a soft diet, avoid using a straw, and practice gentle oral hygiene.

By adhering to detailed aftercare instructions and maintaining oral hygiene, patients can ensure a smoother recovery process and reduce the likelihood of complications.

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  • How to prevent dry socket after tooth extraction?

    After having a tooth extracted, a blood clot is formed which starts the healing process. If this clot gets dislodged before your mouth has fully healed, it can cause pain and discomfort, which is referred to as dry socket. To prevent this from happening, here are six tips you can follow:

    • Avoid using straws or anything that creates a suction or large movement of air.
    • Do not consume any tobacco products. Smoking tobacco can dislodge blood clots, and the chemicals from all tobacco products can prevent healing or cause an infection.
    •  Eat only soft foods like applesauce, yogurt, and mashed potatoes for the first one or two days.
    • Inquire about any medicines you’re taking to ensure they don’t interfere with the healing process.
    • Use proper oral hygiene to keep your mouth clean, and consider an antibacterial mouthwash.
    • Follow your dentist’s instructions on proper oral care to improve recovery time.
  • Why do I need a tooth extraction?

    Tooth extractions may be necessary due to severe decay, infection, impacted wisdom teeth, preparation for orthodontic treatment, or teeth that are broken beyond repair.

  • When can I eat normally after a tooth extraction?

    You can start eating semi-solid foods as soon as you feel comfortable, typically a few days after the extraction. However, it’s best to avoid hard, chewy, or hot foods until full healing occurs.

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Lakeview Family Dentists

1448 Lakeview Ave.
Dracut, MA 01826
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