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Modern dentistry has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. Dental technology has created ways to preserve and restore your smile in ways that its earliest practitioners would never thought possible.

However, there are times when it is necessary to extract a tooth. There are several situations in which an extraction may be required. A tooth may have been damaged by a trauma to your mouth, by disease, or by decay. Or you may have too many teeth in your mouth, in which case a tooth may need to be removed to relieve overcrowding so that your teeth do not start to strike each other at improper angles. Additionally, in your teens or early twenties, it is likely that your wisdom teeth will start coming in, and they may need to be surgically extracted.

An extraction that does not require surgery is known as a simple extraction, and it is a relatively quick process. The dentist will loosen your tooth with a tool called an elevator, before removing it with a pair of forceps. Depending on your situation, your dentist may close the socket with a single, dissolvable stitch, schedule you for a follow-up appointment, and send you home. If your dentist gives you a prescription for a pain-reliever or antibiotic, be sure to take your medication as your dentist directs.

For the first 24 hours, you may not feel like eating. But if you do feel hungry, stick with cool and soft foods. Chew your food on the other side of your mouth. During that time, you may brush your other teeth as usual, but you should rinse the extraction site with warm water. Don’t use any straws or smoke for the first 24 hours following your extraction.

These instructions are important because after your extraction, a blood clot will form in your socket over the exposed nerve and jawbone. If that socket is removed or ruptured, you will be vulnerable to infection. This is a condition known as dry socket, and you will probably know if you have it because you will experience intense pain. If you have a case of dry socket, you will need to see the dentist as soon as you can.

If you have a tooth that is giving you trouble, our dentist, Dr. Brian A. Moore will be happy to treat you! If you live in the Florence, Kentucky area, call Moore Dental Services at (859) 525-0507 today for an appointment.