Extractions

Where necessary, our Westminster office will do tooth extractions. Since extractions involve the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone, your dentist will first take X-rays and numb the area before removing the tooth. Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • Mouth crowding
  • Baby teeth that don’t fall out in time for permanent teeth to move in
  • Infection
  • Risk of Infection or other damage
  • Wisdom Teeth (a.k.a. “Third Molars”) removal

The day after your tooth removal, patients should do a gentle mouth rinse with 1/2 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water to help keep the area clean.  Smokers should avoid smoking before and 24-72 hours after your tooth removal to help prevent a rare but painful condition known as “dry socket”.