There are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed.

  • Trauma or Tooth Decay
  • A crowded mouth
  • Infection
  • Risk of infection
Dr. Howell will perform your tooth extraction. Before pulling the tooth, you will be given an injection of a local anesthetic or a strong general anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. At home recovery typically takes a few days. Follow the instructions from Dr. Howell to minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed recovery.
  • Take medication as prescribed.
  • Leave the gauze pad in place for three to four hours after the extraction.
  • Apply ice for 10 minutes at a time to the affected area immediately after the procedure to keep down swelling.
  • Relax for at least 24 hours after the extraction. Limit activity for the next day or two.
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours after the extraction to avoid dislodging the clot that forms in the socket.
  • After 24 hours, rinse with your mouth with a solution made of 1/2 teaspoon salt and 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Eat soft foods the day after the extraction.
  • Prop your head with pillows when lying down.
  • Continue to brush and floss your teeth to help prevent infection.


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