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We strive to help you preserve your natural teeth as much as possible since they offer optimal function for your mouth. However, certain conditions can cause one or more of your teeth to become weakened by trauma or disease and prevent the use of a dental restoration. If a tooth cannot be saved, you may need to receive tooth extraction and care for the socket until the tooth is replaced here in Hampton, and Hampton Roads, VA.

Following the removal of the tooth, the tooth socket forms a blood clot over the empty space as a means of protecting the vulnerable area from bacteria and infection. The clot serves as a cover for any exposed nerves or bone. If the clot becomes dislodged or lost, this condition is known as dry socket and it can increase your risk of infection, as well as cause significant oral discomfort. We encourage you to treat the extraction site with care and do all you can to keep the blood clot intact.

We may recommend that you avoid brushing your teeth for 24 hours following tooth extraction, although it should be alright to use an antiseptic mouthwash to rinse your mouth as long as you are gentle. If you feel hungry after your procedure, we encourage you to stick with soft foods that are cool in temperature, as well as use the opposite side of your mouth to chew. Avoid drinking with a straw since your blood clot could be dislodged or damaged by the suction. After the first 24 hours, you can once again gently brush your teeth, though you should avoid poking around the socket until it is fully healed. Forego habits such as smoking or chewing tobacco because these can lead to infection or disrupt the formation of the clot.

If you are considering the need for tooth extraction in Hampton, and Hampton Roads, VA, and would like to learn more about the after-care process, contact Morrison Dental Group at 757-850-2100 today for a visit with our specialists.