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Although permanent teeth are supposed to last a lifetime, there are situations in which a tooth needs to be removed. Dr. Valerie Foster may recommend tooth extraction in Aloha, Oregon, if:

– There is an extra tooth or teeth that keeps other teeth from coming in properly.
– A primary tooth doesn’t fall out in time to let the adult tooth come in.
– A tooth is too badly decayed to be saved.
– Cancer medications have caused an infection in the tooth.

After extraction, chances are that you will have one or more stitches. 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 problems. Your post operation instructions may contain:

– To help stop bleeding, bite on a gauze pad for 30 minutes after extraction.
– Avoid talking, eating, and drinking 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.
– On the day of extraction, begin with clear liquids and soft foods.
– When you brush your teeth, avoid the surgical site. However, you may gently rinse the area.
– While bleeding persists, do not smoke, spit, or use straws.
– Take pain medications as prescribed by our dentist.
– Call our office if bleeding or pain is persistent.

To learn more about tooth extraction and to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at 503.649.7011 today.