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If a tooth has been damaged to the point that it is no longer viable, it will have to be extracted, and replacement options discussed later. Extraction may be necessary because the tooth is decayed beyond repair, has been damaged by an accident or other trauma, or because the tooth is crowding other teeth in your mouth. Tooth extraction may also be required to allow new teeth to come in; as part of cancer treatment, or because wisdom teeth are coming in.

There are two types of extractions, In a simple extraction, the doctor use what is called an elevator to loosen the tooth before removing it with forceps. A surgical extraction may be required if the tooth is broken at the gumline or has not yet erupted. The dentist will administer a local anesthetic.

Afterward, the dentist may prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug, or a pain reliever. Ice packs can help keep the swelling down, and you should rinse your mouth with a mixture of warm water and and salt. Soft foods will make recovery easier, and you should not smoke the day of, or 72 hours after surgery. The dentists will also give you tips on preventing dry socket, which is when the blood clot in the tooth socket breaks down before the socket is healed.

Dr. Barron at Barron Dentistry in Fort Worth, Texas, can help you with a wide range of your dental needs. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort, or if it is just time for your cleaning and exam, call our office today at 817.732.1626 to make an appointment.