Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon with the help of either local or general anesthesia.
REASONS BEHIND TOOTH EXTRACTION:
- Teeth can be removed in case of mobility due to excessive bone loss
- They can be extracted due to excessive tooth decay or tooth infection
- They can be removed for orthodontic purpose, where one or two teeth are removed to provide room for other teeth to attain proper alignment.
- Compromised teeth are extracted in people who are about to undergoe chemotherapy or organ transplant in order to keep the mouth healthy.
POST EXTRACTION INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PATIENT:
- Patient should apply an ice pack to the cheek directly after the procedure to reduce swelling.
- After the dentist places the gauze pad over the affected area, patient should bite down on the gauze to reduce bleeding and to aid in clot formation. The gauze should be left for three to four hours, until it is soaked with blood.
- The patient should avoid the usage of straw for the first 24 hours.
- Patient should neither smoke nor rinse for 24 hours after the tooth extraction.
- The day after the procedure, patient should only eat soft food, and over the next few days, once the extraction area heals other foods can be reintroduced into the diet.