We believe that every tooth is precious and one of the main goals of modern dentistry will always be the prevention of tooth loss. All possible measures should be taken to preserve and maintain your teeth because the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact upon your dental health and appearance. However, it is still sometimes necessary to remove a tooth.
Some of the reasons for doing so can be seen below:
- Severe Decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
If your dentist has recommended that a tooth be extracted, the following information will help you get through the first few days after your extraction. Should anything occur that seems out of the normal, do not hesitate to contact u.
- Do not rinse or wash out the mouth for at least 24 hours.
- Do not disturb the blood clot by touching it with the tongue, finger, or anything else.
- Do not take part in violent exertion.
- Avoid hot foods and drinks, alcohol, hard or chewy food.
- If bleeding occurs after leaving the surgery, place a small pad (cotton wool or a clean handkerchief) firmly on the bleeding part; hold in place by biting for 5-10mins.
- If bleeding continues, return to the surgery.
- Any pain or soreness can be relieved by taking any pain relieving preparation.
- Gently rinse the mouth with warm salt water every morning and evening for one week. Brush the teeth gently as usual avoiding irritating the wound.
- If you are in persisting pain which can not be helped by pain killers, contact the surgery.