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.