Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. There are several reasons why Dr. Kerry Olszewski may recommend tooth extraction in Mill Creek, Washington, including:

  • To prepare a patient for orthodontic treatment
  • A mouth is too crowded for new teeth to grow in properly
  • A tooth is impacted
  • A tooth is too badly decayed to be treated with root canal therapy
  • To avert the risk of infection in a patient with a compromised immune system
  • A permanent tooth is loose due to gingivitis

After extraction, our dentist will send you home for a few days to recover. Relax for at least 24 hours and limit your activity for a day or two. The following tips will make your recovery as comfortable as possible:

  • Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
  • Bite on a gauze pad for three to four hours after extraction to reduce bleeding
  • Use an ice bag to reduce swelling
  • Avoid rinsing or spitting vigorously for at least 24 hours
  • Do not drink from a straw for at least 24 hours
  • Do not smoke
  • Eat soft foods like soup, pudding, and yogurt on the day of extraction
  • When you lie down, prop your head up with pillows
  • Continue to brush and floss, but avoid the site of extraction

Feel free to contact Mill Creek General Dentistry today to learn more and to schedule an appointment.