Extractions of teeth can be required due to different reasons such as:
- Severe decay that makes the tooth unsalvageable.
- Over-retention of primary tooth while the permanent tooth is erupting.
- Presence of severe crowding which requires extraction of teeth in order to create space for other teeth.
Extractions are a regular and normal procedure done in pediatric dentistry. However, to ensure normal healing of the tissue and gum, it is important to follow these guidelines immediately after treatment.
- For protection of blood clot, keep sterile guaze pad to area with gentle pressure for 10-15 minutes or until bleeding stops. Replace guaze with another as provided when completely soiled. Remember some bleeding is expected.
- Give Tylenol for pain relief once at home to prevent any discomfort once the anesthetic wears off.
- DO NOT rinse or use mouth wash for 24 hours.
- DO NOT use a straw or do any kind of eating or drinking that involves suctions. Doing so can dislodge the clot and delay healing.
- For 24 hours, eating soft or semi-solid food is recommended.
- Avoid warm food or drinks. Ice cream is highly recommended!
If any problems occur, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Mohammadi at either one of her office locations.