What should I do following an extraction?

With regular dental check-ups and good oral care at home we hope to minimise the need for tooth extractions. There will however always be occasions when a tooth extraction is unavoidable such as where a tooth is severely decayed or badly broken or where it is required for orthodontic reasons. Although no one enjoys having a tooth removed, the procedure itself is usually straightforward and your dentist will provide you with post-operative instructions. It is important that these instructions are followed to reduce the risk of post-operative bleeding and infection and the chances of a dry socket which can be very painful.