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At Parkside Dental, our doctors, Jason and Jean Larsen and their staff are dedicated to preserving your smile. Unfortunately from time to time, a tooth may become damaged from trauma or disease to the point that it is no longer viable and needs to be replaced. In such a case, the dentist will extract the tooth, and discuss restoration options with you later.

After administering a local anesthetic, the dentist will loosen the tooth with an instrument known as a elevator, before removing it with a pair of forceps. If necessary, the dentist will close the socket with a single stitch. If your dentist gives you a prescription for an anti-inflammatory medicine, a pain reliever, or antibiotic, be sure to take the medication as directed by the dentist. A cold compress can alleviate any swelling, and if you don’t have a prescription, an over-the-counter pain reliever can help with the discomfort. If the pain or swelling persists, you need to contact the dentist for further treatment.

Stick to cool, soft foods for the first 24 hours after the extraction, and chew on the side of your mouth opposite the extraction site. You can brush your other teeth, but rinse the socket with warm water. Avoid smoking and straws during that time as well. You want to avoid rupturing or removing the blood clot that has formed in the socket. That clot is protecting the exposed nerves and bone until the socket heals.

If you are experiencing a toothache or have another dental need, we would be happy to help. If you live in the in the Murphy, Texas area, contact our office today at 972-535-8376 to schedule an appointment.