Unfortunately, it is sometimes necessary to pull (extract) a permanent tooth. There are several reasons that Dr. Roxanne Lawrence may perform a tooth extraction. If your mouth is crowded, there may not be room for new teeth to grow in. This can cause a new tooth to become impacted, or trapped, between the gums and the jawbone. Impacted teeth can cause infection or damage to the surrounding teeth if they are not extracted. If a patient has a tooth that is too badly decayed for root canal therapy to treat, our dentist may pull the tooth to avoid the spread of infection. Patients with compromised immune systems may have a tooth pulled for even the risk of infection. Gingivitis is a disease that attacks the gums and bones that surround and support your teeth. If gingivitis has caused the loosening of permanent teeth, our dentist may extract them.

After extraction, our dentist will send you home to recover for a few days. Follow these tips to reduce discomfort and to minimize the risk of infection during recovery:

• Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
• Bite firmly on a gauze pad for three to four hours after extraction to reduce bleeding
• Apply ice to the area to reduce swelling
• Relax for at least 24 hours after extraction and limit your activity for a few days
• Avoid rinsing and spitting vigorously for 24 hours
• Eat soft foods on the day of extraction

Feel free to contact South Jackson Family Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.