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Dental medicine has seen incredible leaps and bounds over the years, and huge strides have been made in detecting and treating problems with your teeth and mouth. However, there are still times when it is necessary to extract a tooth. It may be that you have a tooth that is too damaged by trauma or disease to repair. Ot it may be that you have an impacted wisdom tooth that needs to be removed. Or you may have too many teeth in your mouth, or you need teeth extracted to accommodate orthodontics. In a surgical extraction, your gums and jawbone will need to be repaired after the procedure. But with a simple extraction, your dentist may send you home after setting an appointment to see you for a follow-up visit and to discuss tooth replacement options. In that case, you should be aware of the problem of dry socket.

After an extraction, a blood clot forms in the socket. That clot is doing a very important job, which is protecting the exposed jawbone and nerves. If the clot is removed or ruptured, your body will be exposed to infection, and you will be in intense pain. If you decide that you want to try eating something, stay with cool, soft foods, and chew on the opposite side of the extraction site. You can brush your remaining teeth, but for the first 24 hours, you should gently rinse the area of the extraction with a saltwater solution or an antibacterial rinse. Keep in mind that using a straw or smoking will create suction that can dislodge or rupture the blood clot. Chewing tobacco can also disturb it, and tobacco slows the body’s healing process.

If you have a tooth that has been giving you trouble, than you should contact our dentist, Dr. Jee Lee at Dental Group of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. You can make an appointment by calling 714-635-5500. Let us help you get started on the road to a healthy smile!