Why is tooth extraction needed?

There are many reasons why our dentist may recommend tooth extraction in York, Pennsylvania, including:

  • A crowded mouth
  • To prepare for orthodontic treatment
  • Impacted teeth
  • Infection that is too severe to be treated with root canal treatment
  • The risk of infection in patients who have a compromised immune system
  • Loose teeth caused by gingivitis

What should I do after extraction?

After extraction, Dr. Charles Anonye will send you home for a few days to recover. Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for a few days. The following instructions will help your recovery be as comfortable as possible:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
  • Bite on a gauze pad for three to four hours after extraction to reduce bleeding
  • Use an ice bag on the area to reduce swelling
  • Avoid spitting or rinsing vigorously for at least 24 hours
  • Do not drink from a straw for 24 hours
  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products
  • Eat soft foods like pudding, soup, and yogurt on the day of extraction

We welcome you to contact Heritage Dental today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.