In some cases of orthodontics, decay, or disease, Dr. James E. Gaff may suggest tooth extraction. Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. Our dentist will examine your teeth and tell you about your tooth extraction options as well as answer any questions you may have.

At your tooth extraction appointment, Dr. James E. Gaff will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, our dentist will advise you of what post extraction treatment to follow, and patients should be advised that a small amount of bleeding is normal. Follow our dentist’s advice, which may include the following, to reduce discomfort during recovery:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
  • Bite firmly on gauze for three to four hours after extraction to reduce bleeding
  • Apply ice to the area to control swelling
  • Relax for at least 24 hours and limit activity for a day or two
  • Avoid smoking, as this may prevent normal healing
  • Avoid rinsing and spitting forcefully
  • Do not drink through a straw for at least 24 hours
  • Eat soft foods like soup, pudding, yogurt, or applesauce the day of extraction
  • When lying down, prop your head up with pillows
  • When you brush and floss, be sure to avoid the extraction site

To learn more and to schedule your next appointment, contact our dental office today.