Tooth extraction means to have a tooth pulled. The following are situations in which Dr. Lynn Leyde may recommend tooth extraction in Shoreline, Washington:

• A crowded mouth
• Preparation for orthodontics
• Infection that is too severe to be treated with root canal therapy
• The risk of infection in patients with a compromised immune system
• A tooth that has become loose because of gingivitis

After tooth extraction, our dentist will send you home to recover. The following are some tips to minimize discomfort, reduce the risk of infection, and speed your recovery:

• Take painkillers as prescribed by our dentist
• Bite on a gauze pad for three to four hours after extraction to control bleeding
• Place an ice bag on the area after extraction to control swelling
• Relax for 24 hours after extraction and limit your activity for the next few days
• Avoid rinsing or spitting vigorously for 24 hours
• Do not drink with a straw for 24 hours
• Do not smoke
• Eat soft foods like soup, yogurt, and applesauce on the day of extraction
• Prop up your head when lying down
• Brush and floss your teeth, but avoid the extraction site to prevent infection

Please contact Professional Dental Care today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.