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A tooth may need to be extracted if it has become damaged or decayed, if it is keeping other teeth from properly coming in, or to mitigate wisdom teeth issues. If you are receiving certain drugs for cancer treatment, or radiation therapy to your head and neck, tooth extraction may be required. You may need to have some teeth removed if room needs to be made in your mouth to accommodate orthodontics.

One of the biggest complications associated with an extraction is a condition known as dry socket. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the tooth socket is ruptured or removed. That clot is protecting the exposed nerve and bone from infection, heat and cold. If that clot is compromised, you will be vulnerable to infection, and you will likely be in a great deal of pain. If you experience dry socket, you should schedule an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible. Your dentist will clean and dress the socket so that it can heal properly.

You should also contact your dentist if you experience swelling in the area of your extraction, or experience chills, a reddening of the area, or if you develop a fever. If you have trouble swallowing, or bleeding or oozing in the extraction area, especially after 24 hours, you should call the dentist’s office. Numbness is another sign that you should call, as is pain. Your dentist may prescribe an antibiotic, or further treatment may be required.

If you experience pain of any kind in your teeth or another part of your mouth, don’t wait, call DM Family Dentistry in Chicago, Illinois at 773.252.5757 to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Doris Madrigal.