What is a tooth extraction?

Sometimes, tooth decay or damage becomes so extensive that a tooth cannot be saved. Often, the tooth must be removed to prevent further infection and decay. This is called a tooth extraction. Other reasons for a tooth extraction in Burlington, North Carolina include removing wisdom teeth or removing teeth as part of orthodontic treatment.

Our dental team works hard to ensure you are comfortable during each tooth extraction. We expertly apply local anesthesia to numb the area and carefully remove the tooth. Stitches are sometimes needed to aid in the healing process. Dr. Monahan will walk you through each step of the treatment.

What happens after a tooth extraction?

After a tooth extraction, we will provide you with extensive instructions to help you care for your smile during the healing process. We suggest the following to help aid in your recovery:

  • Take over-the-counter pain medication as recommended by Dr. Monahan, or as prescribed.
  • Apply an ice or cold pack to reduce swelling and pain.
  • After 24 hours, gently rinse your mouth with warm salt water.
  • Eat soft foods.
  • Do not lie flat, as this may prolong bleeding. Prop your head up on pillows instead.

Our caring dentist will also suggest restorative dentistry treatments to restore your smile to its natural beauty. For more information, please contact our dental office today.