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Although permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, there are situations in which a tooth needs to be extracted. Dr. Daniel Cannon may recommend tooth extraction in Tulsa, Oklahoma, if:

– There is an extra tooth or teeth that keeps other teeth from coming in properly.
– A baby tooth doesn’t fall out in time to let the permanent tooth come in.
– More room is needed to allow proper orthodontic treatment.
– A tooth is too badly decayed to be saved.
– Extraction will save the surrounding teeth from being infected.
– Cancer medications have caused tooth infection.

After extraction, chances are that you will have one or more sutures at the extraction site. It is very important that you follow any directions that our oral surgeon may give you. This can speed up your recovery and help you avoid any complications. Your post operation instructions may include:

– To help stop bleeding, bite on a gauze pad after extraction.
– Avoid drinking, eating, and talking as much as possible for the first two hours after extraction.
– After the bleeding lessens or stops, drink lots of lukewarm and cold beverages.
– Do not rinse your mouth or brush your teeth for 12 hours.
– After extraction, begin with clear liquids and soft foods.
– Avoid the surgical sites when you brush your teeth. You can gently rinse the area with lukewarm saltwater or a diluted mouthwash.
– As long as there is any bleeding, do not smoke, spit, or drink from a straw.
– Take pain medications as prescribed by our oral surgeon.
– Call our office if bleeding or pain will not go away.

We invite you to contact Cannon Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for more information and to schedule a dental visit.