About Tooth Extractions
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
If you need an extraction, your dentist will first numb the area to lessen discomfort. After the extraction your will be advised of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot.
Following a tooth extraction:
Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
Do not smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously.
Avoid drinking through a straw for 24 hours.
Follow the diet your dentist suggests.