In many cases you will be able to save a tooth despite damage or decay, solving whatever problem you may be suffering from with a filling, crown, or other dental procedure. However, in some cases the only recourse is to remove the tooth.
After a tooth extraction, it’s very important to follow aftercare instructions in order to reduce your risk of complications. Proper care after a surgical tooth extraction includes changing your gauze pads often, avoiding smoking or eating hard foods, keeping your mouth clean by washing with salt water, and relaxing. It’s important to take it easy and remember to keep your head elevated to reduce bleeding.