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At Foster Dental, Dr.Anthony Foster and his staff are dedicated to giving you the healthiest and brightest smile possible. Unfortunately, that may mean that a tooth may have to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted for any number of different reasons. It may be damaged or diseased to the point that it is no longer viable. It may need to be removed to relieve tooth-crowding in your mouth, or to address wisdom teeth issues.

In a simple extraction, the dentist will first loosen the tooth using a tool called an elevator. Then, he will use a pair of forceps to extract the tooth. A single stitch may be needed to close the socket, however in many cases, you will be able to go home without a suture.

If the dentist prescribes an antibiotic or pain reliever, you should take that medication as he prescribes. You can use an ice pack or cold compress to relieve any swelling.

It may be a while before you feel like eating, but if you do decide to eat during the first 24 hours, you should stick to cool, soft foods and chew on the side of your mouth opposite the extraction site. You can brush the other teeth in your mouth, but will need to rinse the extraction site with a mixture of water and salt.

Avoid straws and smoking, since a sucking motion could loosen or remove the blood clot covering the bottom of the socket. That is known as dry socket, and in addition to being very painful, the nerves and the bone in the socket will be vulnerable to infection.

If you are experiencing a toothache or have other concerns about your mouth, teeth and gums we would be happy to see you. If you would like to make an appointment to see the dentist, give us a call at 718-673-8060.