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An extraction is the careful and precise removal of a tooth. Reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • Broken, cracked, or extensively decayed teeth that may not be able to be saved
  • Teeth associated with advanced gum disease
  • Malpositioned teeth (such as wisdom teeth that may cause discomfort or irritation)
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces) Under local anesthesia, the tooth is painlessly and safely extracted. Please be sure to carefully follow the post-extraction home care instructions listed below following your extraction appointment.

Post-Extraction Home Care Instructions

  • Place cold towels or an ice bag to your face for the first 6-8 hours. Apply for 15 minutes; then remove for 15 minutes.
  • Do not rinse your mouth until the following day.
  • On the morning following the extraction, rinse your mouth with warm saltwater (1/2 teaspoon salt in a glass of warm water). Repeat this several times daily.
  • Keep fingers and tongue away from the socket (the site where the tooth was extracted).
  • BLEEDING-It is normal for saliva to be slightly streaked with blood for 1-2 days. If abnormal bleeding occurs, place moist gauze over extraction site and bite down for 30-45 minutes.
  • Following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
  • SWELLING AND STIFFNESS- is normal and should not cause alarm. Apply cold towels or an ice bag for 15 minutes of each hour as needed.
  • Diet-A liquid or soft diet is advisable during the first 24 hours. Drink lots of fluids.
  • Return to the office if undue symptoms develop.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our office at 703-825-1191.

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