Tooth Extractions An Overview
There are times when a tooth extraction is the best option for the overall health and function of your smile. Dr. Alla Brown and Dr. Amanda Newberry will perform most tooth extractions in the convenience of our Buford, Georgia dental office. Tooth extractions are a general dentistry procedure that Lanier Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers. When necessary, however, we refer patients to an oral surgeon or periodontist for tooth extractions.
Tooth Extractions FAQs
Is a tooth extraction always necessary?
No. Tooth extractions should be a last-resort treatment for patients with severely damaged teeth. In the case of wisdom teeth, they should be removed to prevent malocclusion and other dental issues down the road. Your dentist will always try to save your natural teeth before recommending a tooth extraction.
When can I eat normally after tooth extraction?
Your dentist will recommend not eating anything for a couple of hours after a tooth extraction. You should stick to a soft diet for the first couple of days to allow for the socket to heal. Your dentist will give you specific instructions on post-op care. The most common issue you should be aware of is developing dry-socket. It is not common if all instructions are followed.
Can I drink water after tooth extraction?
Yes. Drinking fluids is okay after a tooth extraction, BUT do not use a straw. The number one thing you should not do is use straws or suck on anything after a tooth extraction. This can dislodge the important and protective blood clot in the socket and cause Dry Socket.