Tooth Extraction Procedure
The tooth extraction procedure typically falls into two basic categories: Simple or surgical. Local anesthesia or IV sedation ensures the patient is comfortable.
Simple tooth extraction involves the removal of a visible tooth that is decayed or badly damaged.
Surgical tooth extraction involves removing a tooth that is not visible because it broke or never emerged.
Dr. Lazare will explain the details of the procedure during your consultation, depending on what option is best for you.
During the first day, the patient must avoid irritating the area. Rest until the anesthesia wears off to prevent swelling. Eat soft or pureed food and avoid hot liquids for the first 24 hours.
Do not chew any food, do not use a straw, and do not smoke. Drink plenty of water and take the oral antibiotic prescription if one is prescribed.
After the first 24 hours, patients can eat a wider variety of foods but must avoid chewing near the tooth extraction. The patient must gently rinse their mouth with salt water after eating.
Risks of Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are associated with some side effects and risks, including inflammation, pain, bleeding, bruising, dry socket, and infection. Dr. Lazare explains the risks and benefits of a tooth extraction with the patient before the procedure. The benefits likely outweigh the slight possibility of complications. Dr. Lazare only recommends tooth extraction when it is necessary.
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