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Prior to a tooth extraction, your dentist will numb the area to lessen any discomfort. After the extraction, your dentist will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing. It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward, for pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. Ask your dentist about pain medication. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket. If the pain or swelling persist or you don't think you are healing, be sure to contact your dentist for a follow-up visit.
In a simple tooth extraction the area is anesthetized and then the tooth is loosened. It can be loosened enough that it comes out by elevating or after it is loosened forceps are used to remove the tooth. A simple tooth extraction does not require reflection of the gums or removal of bone around the tooth. If it does then it will be a surgical extraction.
In a simple extraction, the tooth to be removed is already visible, so the dentist will use forceps to loosen it before pulling it out. If necessary, the dentist may insert an instrument between your tooth and gum to help loosen it further. Prior to the procedure, you will receive a local anesthetic.
The process may involve local anesthesia and removal by a dental forcep or sometimes just elevating the tooth out as Dr. De Vizio just mentioned. Furthermore, the extraction site may not need a clotting foam (or plug) or suture for closure. The site could heal in lesser time vs. a surgical extraction. Usually, in simple extractions over-the-counter analgesics should suffice.
* The key is to ask the practitioner how he/she may define 'simple' extraction vs. surgical extraction. Think: very loose or 'hanging' baby tootult tooth (non-infected) versus a broken tooth that may be sectioned in pieces for removal or flap reflected to visualize tooth better.
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