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Dr. John Lohner and the staff at Lexington Heights Dental are dedicated to making sure that your smile remains strong, healthy and beautiful. However, there are occasions which require a tooth to be extracted. Some cases in which a tooth may need to come out may include extreme damage from trauma or disease, a mouth crowded with too many teeth, the need to accommodate orthodontic work, or in order to address wisdom teeth issues.

While in some cases, extracting wisdom teeth may require surgery, much of the time in other situations, patients undergo simple extractions. In a simple extraction, the dentist will loosen your tooth using a tool known as an elevator, before extracting it with a pair of forceps.

After the extraction is complete, your dentist may close the socket with a single, dissolvable stitch. You may be sent home with a prescription for a pain reliever or antibiotic. You will need to make an appointment for a follow-up exam, and to discuss replacement options with your dentist. If you experience persistent pain or swelling, you should contact the dentist right away.

While you are recovering, you may not feel like eating right away. But if you do feel hungry, stay with cool, soft foods for the first 24 hours. You should chew on the opposite side of your mouth, and avoid contact with the socket. You can brush your teeth after an extraction but you should gently rinse the socket with warm water. Do not smoke, or use a straw for the first day after the procedure.

The extra care is needed because a blood clot will form in the socket. That clot is protecting the nerves and bones in the socket, keeping that area from becoming infected. If the clot is ruptured or removed, you should make an appointment to see the dentist.

If you have a tooth that is bothering you, or if you need a cleaning and exam, call Lexington Heights Dental in Cedar Hills, Utah at 801-756-2006 to make an appointment.