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When a tooth has been damaged to the point that it cannot be saved, it must be removed. Failing teeth that are not removed can further damage your gums and cause infections and disease. Tooth extractions remove the tooth and protect your mouth from further damage. Listed below are common questions about tooth extractions:

Which of the following methods should be used to recover after a tooth extraction?
a.) Exercise and workout heavily at the gym
b.) Avoid sleeping
c.) Use ice packs to reduce swelling and inflammation
d.) All of the above

True or False: Ice packs can be used to reduce inflammation.
a.) True
b.) False

True or False: Smoking can affect your recovery time from a tooth extraction.
a.) True
b.) False

Which of the following habits should be avoided when recovering from a tooth extraction?

a.) Taking pain medications as prescribed by your dentist
b.) Planning ahead to ensure you can heal properly
c.) Getting plenty of rest
d.) Eating foods while under the effects of anesthesia

Answer Key: c, a, a, d

No matter the needs you require from your smile, our team at Riverdale Dental Center can help. Dr. Jon C. Bauman and our team can give you a comprehensive oral examination to determine which tooth replacement procedure is best for you and your oral health care needs. To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Brighton, Colorado, call us at 303.659.1920. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of a bright smile today!