A tooth is generally extracted, or removed, due to disease, trauma, or crowding. During an extraction, the area around your tooth will need to be numb to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction has taken place, your dentist will advise you on proper care for the area. A small amount of bleeding is normal, as your mouth will slowly fill the hollow spot where the tooth root once was through the formation of a blood clot.

Here are some tips to follow to make recovery easier:

• Avoid food and other irritants that might prevent normal healing.
• Do not smoke or rinse your mouth for 24 hours.
• Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
• Follow all instructions from dental staff.

If swelling occurs, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call us right away. Pain medication may be prescribed if necessary. You should brush and floss your other teeth as usual; just use extreme caution when cleaning the teeth next to the recently removed tooth while the area heals.

We encourage any and all questions that you have about receiving a tooth extraction in Richlands, North Carolina; please call 910-324-1283 (Richlands) or 910-347-1283 (Jacksonville) today to speak with Dr. Morgan or another member of our team at Morgan Family Dentistry.