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Dental technology has made great strides over the years. In fact, dentists can save many teeth that in the past would have needed to be removed. But from time to time, an extraction may be necessary. For example, if your tooth has been damaged by trauma or decay to the point that it is no longer viable an extraction may be required. A tooth may need to be removed to make room for orthodontic work, to relieve an overcrowded mouth, or to address wisdom tooth issues. After your extraction, a cold compress can relieve swelling, and you should take any prescribed medication as directed by your dentist. An over-the-counter pain reliever may also help with any discomfort.

When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot will form in the socket. That clot will protect the exposed nerves and jawbone from infection, If that clot is disturbed, not only will you run the risk of infection, you will probably be in intense pain. This condition is called dry socket. Dry socket can be prevented if you eat cool, soft foods for the first 24 hours after your extraction, and chew your food on the side of your mouth opposite the extraction site. After the first 24 hours, you can start brushing your other teeth, but hold on off brushing the extraction site. Instead, rinse that area with a solution of salt and water. Tobacco will slow the healing process. Smoking can remove the clot, and chewing tobacco may cause it to rupture. Using a straw may seem like a good idea, but it can create suction that could damage the clot. If you do develop dry socket, you need to contact your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist can clean and dress the socket.

If you have a tooth that has been giving you trouble, then you should see our dentist, Dr. John F. Lann. To make an appointment at John F. Lann, DDS - Round Rock TX Dentist in Round Rock, Texas, call 512-255-1025 today to plan your visit.