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The best place for your teeth is in your smile. And whenever possible, our dentist will do everything they can to make sure that a tooth can be saved. However, there are times when a tooth is too badly damaged to function as it should. If a tooth is severely decayed, it can pose a threat to your other teeth. In this situation, an extraction may be necessary.

A simple extraction is relatively easier. After Dr. Juan Echeverri numbs the area around your tooth, and the tooth itself, they will loosen it by moving it back and forth with a tool called an elevator. After the tooth is sufficiently loose, the dentist will extract it with a pair of forceps. Often, the socket will heal on its own, but in some instances, the dentist may place a dissolvable stitch in the socket. The dentist will want to see you in a few weeks to check your progress and to discuss your options for replacing your tooth. You should follow any post extractions your dentist gives you, including following any directions for your medication, if any is prescribed.

When you come home from the dentist, you will need to take care to preserve the blood clot that has formed in your tooth socket. That clot is protecting the exposed nerve and jaw bone. If the clot is ruptured or removed, the socket will be vulnerable to infection, and you may find yourself experiencing a great deal of pain. This is a condition known as dry socket. It can be prevented by sticking with cool, soft foods, and by avoiding tobacco and drinking straws for the first few days after your extraction. For the first 24 hours after your tooth is removed, you should gently brush your remaining teeth while avoiding the extraction site. However, you can gently rinse it with a saltwater solution.

If you are experiencing a toothache, we will be happy to see you at Echeverri Dental Center in Houston, Texas. Just give us a call today at 713-956-8767 and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.