Unfortunately not all teeth can be saved, although our goal is to keep as many healthy teeth as we can. If a tooth extraction is necessary, rest assured that we will make the experience as stress-free as possible. There are several options available to lessen your anxiety before and during the procedure. After the extraction, in most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Avoid anything that might prevent normal healing.
It is usually best not to smoke or rinse your mouth vigorously, or drink through a straw for 24 hours. These activities could dislodge the clot and delay healing. For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently afterward. For pain or swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to the tooth socket.