Tooth Extraction Facts

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At Bo Macdonald DDS, we’re dedicated to your oral health. We’re proud to offer a range of services and procedures that will help you keep your teeth in great condition. However, this is not a perfect world. Accidents, injuries and even disease and neglect sometimes take their tolls and it becomes necessary to extract a tooth. A tooth extraction may be needed to make room for other teeth to fit properly, to remove wisdom teeth, or as the result of another medical treatment .

Even if you do need an extraction, your dentist may want to wait if are sick a week prior to, or on the day of your procedure.

After your extraction, the dentist may prescribe an antibiotic and pain medication if needed. It is vitally important that you follow your dentist’s instruction instructions involving any medication. If you smoke, you should consider quitting. If you do not want to quit, you should at least refrain from smoking 48 hours before and after the procedure. If you were not prescribed medication for the pain, ask the dentist for a recommendation for an over-the-counter pain reliever. A cold compress can also be used.

You will want to be careful to avoid what is called a dry socket. After your tooth is pulled, a blood clot forms in the socket. If that clot is ruptured or removed before the socket is healed, you may experience intense pain and a vulnerability to infection. Again, avoid smoking, the use of straws, and eat soft foods for the first 24 hours after the extractions; and rinse the area instead of brushing in the spot.

After you have healed, we would like to see you back in our office to do a follow-up exam if needed, and to discuss replacing your missing tooth. Everyone of your teeth is important, and each one has a job to do. We want to make sure that your mouth is healthy and functions well for a lifetime.

If you have a toothache, or it is a time for your cleaning and checkup, or if you are looking for a dentist in the Los Angeles, California, area, contact our office at 310-954-3925. We look forward to making an appointment for you to see Dr. Bo Macdonald.