Tooth Extraction Tips

Thanks to cosmetic dentistry, a perfect smile can be achieved. Sometimes dentists recommend orthodontic work before crowns or veneers. The better positioned your teeth are, the more natural the results will look. Other times, a tooth may be too decayed or damaged to repair. In those cases, the tooth may need to be extracted before you can move forward to achieve the smile of your dreams with further treatments like an implant with a porcelain crown. If you require a tooth extraction, take note of these suggestions from The American Dental Association that can help ease the pain and promote better healing:

• Don't smoke.
• Rinse your mouth carefully, avoiding vigorous rinsing.
• Don't drink through a straw.
• Ease pain by applying a cold rag or a bag of ice.
• Brush and floss teeth regularly, taking care to avoid getting to close to the socket.
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Dr. Niloufer Hamsayeh
Cosmetic Dentist - San Francisco, CA
Really great suggestions for Tooth Extraction and one always need to be conscious when dealing with this. Rinsing your mouth carefully and not smoking is wise for a variety of reasons. A perfect smile can be achieved and will sometimes take longer with specific cases, but the change in one's overall confidence and oral-healthy can be profound. “When you walk into a room, a healthy, beautiful smile is incredibly important.“ -Susan Anton
Posted August 25, 2011 8:52 AM EDT

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Dr. Jenifer Back
Cosmetic Dentist - Sarasota, FL
Good question Angel, drinking from a straw although it does keep your teeth whiter by avoiding contact with staining beverages is a bad idea right after having a tooth removed. After a tooth is removed a clot is formed to seal the opening. If you use a straw the force of the motion may actually pull out the clot and start excessive bleeding. Better to leave the straw out for a few days until you heal.
Posted August 23, 2011 4:12 PM EDT
Why would drinking out of a straw be bad? I thought was the way to keep your teeth whiter?
Posted August 23, 2011 9:33 AM EDT
Dr. H. Mikel Hopkins
In addition, I would recommend the age old home remedy of warm salt water rinses to help heal extraction sites. Three times a day, very gently, will help sooth the irritated tissue and promote healing. If your pain levels seem greater than what you were expecting, contact your dentist or oral surgeon right away as you may have a dry socket that requires additional care.
Posted August 23, 2011 7:14 AM EDT

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