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Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are situations in which a tooth needs to be removed. Dr. Robert Morrison may recommend tooth extraction in Chincoteague Island, Virginia, if:

– 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.
– 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 and all instructions that our dentist may give you. This can speed your recovery and help you avoid any complications. Your post operation instructions may include:

– To help stop bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after extraction.
– After the bleeding lessens or stops, drink lots of liquids.
– On the day of extraction, begin with clear liquids and soft foods.
– When you brush your teeth, avoid the surgical site. 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 use straws.
– Take pain medications as prescribed by our dentist.
– Call our office if bleeding or pain is persistent.

Feel free to contact Morrison Dental Group today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.  Dr. Robert Morrison, Dr. Alya Ali, Dr. Jesús Sánchez, and Dr. Stephen L. Murphy are here for you!