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How can I avoid complications of tooth removal and extraction?

You can try to avoid some of the complications of tooth removal and extraction, but unfortunately, some of them are out of your control. For example, avoiding nerve damage, bone damage, and damage to the sinuses above your jaw is always a potential complication. However, you can have a hand in avoiding both dry socket and infection. To avoid dry socket, you should take it easy. After your surgery, you should be very careful when eating or brushing your teeth -- both of these activities could easily dislodge the healing of your wound and cause dry socket. You should also not spit, touch the site of the extraction, drink carbonated beverages, or use a straw to drink liquids for at least a few days after your surgery. For infection, the best method of prevention is keeping the wound clean.

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