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Certain situations can lead to a tooth needing to be removed even though permanent teeth should last a lifetime. To help you minimize the risk of complications following a tooth extraction, our dentist will provide you with instructions for proper care.
Reasons to remove a tooth include:

– Additional teeth that prevent all of the teeth from erupting properly
– Late loss of baby teeth preventing adult teeth from erupting
– The need to create space for orthodontic treatment
– A severely decayed tooth
– The development of dental infection

Here are some of the general instructions you can expect to receive:

– Bite down on a piece of gauze for about 30 minutes to reduce bleeding.
– Refrain from speaking, eating, and drinking if possible for a full two hours.
– Then, be sure to drink lots of lukewarm and cold beverages.
– For the first day, eat only soft food and stick to clear liquids.

– For a full 12 hours after the removal of a tooth, don’t rinse or brush your teeth.
– Don’t brush the extraction site, and, when rinsing, use lukewarm saltwater or a diluted mouthwash.
– If the dentist prescribes pain relieves, take them only as directed.
– Call our office immediately if any complications arise.

You are welcome to contact Oral Surgery of Tidewater at (757) 544-9192 today to discuss the recovery process of tooth extraction with our friendly dental team. If you need to have a tooth removed in Virginia Beach, Virginia, we will gladly help you schedule an appointment with of our skilled surgeons, Dr. Melvin L. Ford III, Dr. Klaus D. Guter, and Dr. James A. Gray .