Extracting an impacted tooth
When there is not enough room in the dental arch to accommodate a tooth's growth, the tooth can become impacted. Surgery may be required to remove the tooth. Following the extraction, there can be mild discomfort and swelling. A cold compress will help alleviate some of the swelling. If your doctor prescribes a pain medication, it should be taken as directed. Patients should not chew on the side of the extraction for 2 to 3 days following the procedure to encourage faster healing.