When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted. Tooth extraction procedures are far less painful than before with sedatives and powerful anaesthetics. In most cases the patient only experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding.
If the tooth is extracted in the rooms, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with both a topical and injectable anesthetic. In some cases the dentist may prescribe anti-biotics but in most cases proper after-care will be sufficient.
After care, includes gentle rinsing with warm salt water. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the area may reduce swelling. Things to avoid are smoking, vigorous brushing or rinsing and drinking through straws. Also avoid hard crunchy foods and hot liquids such as coffee or tea that may dislodge the naturally formed blood clot, which protects the wound.
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