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Man in pain due to dental emergency

Why would I need a tooth extraction?

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What happens during an extraction?

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How should I take care of my teeth after an extraction?

Your dentist gives you customized aftercare instructions before releasing you to go home and recover. In most cases, you can gently rinse your mouth with salt water and can return to brushing your teeth after 24 hours.

However, you need to take care not to dislodge the clot that forms in your tooth socket. The clot is critical to preventing infection and healing correctly.

Your jaw might be sore for a day or so after your extraction. Over-the-counter pain relievers are often enough to reduce swelling and discomfort, although your dentist might prescribe something stronger.

You might want to stick to liquids and soft foods for a couple of days after your extraction. Don’t use a straw as the suction might dislodge your clot.

Call Desert Dentist today or make an appointment online to learn more about your tooth extraction options.

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