When restoraton procedures such as root canal theryapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled or extracted.
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In may cases, a patient who has a tooth pulled experiences little or no discomfort and only minor bleeding.
Before a tooth is extracted, the area surrounding the tooth is numbed with a topical and or injectable anesthetic such as Novocaine.
Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take and antibiotic, and at the very lease, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur.
Smoking, vigorous brushing, rinsing and drinking liquids through a straw are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.