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Even though we believe that your teeth should stay in your smile, and we may do what we can to preserve a tooth, there could be times when a tooth requires an extraction. It may need to go as a result of an oral trauma or because of dental decay, but it can’t stay if it threatens your dental health.

Dr. Ronald Flachs may go over your medical and dental history with you, and he may wish to have a few appropriate x-rays before anything is decided. These x-rays can provide our dentist with a better idea of what is going on beneath your gums and he can decide on a treatment plan for you.

An anesthetic can be used to locally numb the area where the extraction will take place. The tooth can then be gently loosened and removed from your mouth. Afterwards, our dentist may give you some detailed instructions on how to care for yourself, but we can give you a brief overview now. For the first 24 hours, it may be critical that you don’t smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously or clean the teeth near the extraction site. Instead, of those hygiene routines, you can rinse with warm salt water, but only if you remember to be very gentle.

You should limit what you eat and drink to soft foods that are cool, but you shouldn’t use a straw. Doing so can increase the odds of you developing a dry socket, which may be rather uncomfortable. As long as you use a spoon, you can eat some ice cream and smoothies, which can be extremely beneficial because it can help reduce any swelling you might have.

If you live near Portage, Michigan, and want more information about tooth extractions, please call Oak Park Dentistry at 269-375-0800. We would love to help you care for your smile.