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As the years have gone by, the science of dental medicine has evolved in ways that the original practitioners could never have predicted. Today’s dentists can do things that would have been a distant dream to their forbearers. Dentists can save teeth that would not have been salvageable before, but there are still occasions when a tooth needs to be extracted. An extraction may be required if a person’s mouth has too many teeth. Or extraction may be required to make room for orthodontic work, or address wisdom tooth issues. If a tooth is damaged or decayed to the point that it can’t be saved it will need to be extracted.

When a tooth is extracted, a blood clot will form in the socket. That blood clot has an important job to do, which is to protect the exposed bone and nerves from infection. If that clot is removed or ruptured, you will be vulnerable to infection, and most likely, you will be in intense pain. It is important that you keep that clot intact until your socket is healed. You should avoid eating for the first 24 hours, and when you do eat, stay with soft, cool foods. Chew on the opposite side of your mouth.

You may be able to brush your remaining teeth, but you should rinse the extraction area with a saltwater solution, or an antiseptic. Tobacco use slows the healing process. Smoking can create suction that will disrupt the clot, and chewing tobacco can disturb it. Straws can also cause the blood clot to rupture. If you do end up with dry socket, contact your dentist right away, and he will clean and dress the socket.

To have a problem with a tooth fixed, if you are looking for a family dentist, or if it is time for your regular cleaning and examination, our dentist, Dr. Caesar Ciaglia will be happy to help. If you would like to schedule an appointment at New Lenox Dental Group in New Lenox, Illinois, you can call 815-485-2345 today.