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Although permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, there are situations in which a tooth needs to be removed. Dr. Manveen Atwal, DDS may recommend tooth extraction in Gainesville, Florida, if:

– There is an extra tooth or teeth that keeps other teeth from coming in properly.
– A baby tooth doesn’t fall out in time to let the permanent tooth come in.
– More room is needed to allow proper orthodontic treatment.
– A tooth is too badly decayed to be saved.
– Cancer medications have caused tooth infection.

After extraction, chances are that you will have one or more sutures at the extraction site. It is very important that you follow any and all instructions that our dentist may give you. This can speed your recovery and help you avoid any complications. Your post operation instructions may include:

– To help stop bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after extraction.
– Avoid talking, eating, and drinking as much as possible for the first two hours after extraction.
– After the bleeding lessens or stops, drink lots of lukewarm and cold beverages.
– Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for 12 hours.
– On the day of extraction, begin with clear liquids and soft foods.
– When you brush your teeth, avoid the surgical site. You can gently rinse the area with lukewarm saltwater or a diluted mouthwash.
– As long as there is any bleeding, do not smoke, spit, or use straws.
– Take pain medications as prescribed by our dentist.
– Call our office if bleeding or pain is persistent.

We invite you to contact Northwest Family Dental today with any questions and to schedule your next appointment.