Tooth Extractions

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What are dental extractions?

Tooth extraction, or “pulling” of a tooth, is simply removal of a tooth from the mouth with local anesthesia (numbing).

Tooth extractions may be indicated for a number of reasons including:

  • Extensive decay rendering a tooth non-restorable
  • Impacted or problematic wisdom teeth
  • To create space for orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • Broken or cracked teeth
  • Trauma

Dr. Chauhan has his own innovative technique for dental extraction procedures and specializes in patient comfort through his experience and gentle chairside care. SCVR also offers IV sedation to aid in patient anxiety towards dental extractions.

Post-operative Care for Extractions

The following are tips to make recovery easier:

  • Avoid anything that might prevent wound healing such as “bothering” the wound.
  • Do not rinse vigorously for the first couple of days following extractions.
  • Apply a cold compress and eat cold foods such as ice cream the first 24 hours to reduce swelling.
  • Begin warm salt water rinses after 24 hours and continuing 2-3 times daily for up to 1 week. Mix 1 tsp salt with 8 oz warm water.
  • Avoid smoking and drinking through a straw for at least 72 hours following extractions.
  • Follow a diet recommended to you by your dental professional to aid in proper and timely healing.
  • Consult your dentist regarding pain management and pain medications.
  • You may brush/floss other teeth as usual to reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth.
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