You and the doctor may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have fractured in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with you jaw joint, and shifting teeth. To avoid these complications you may want to consider replacement of the extracted tooth.
For the first 24 hours do not:
Engage in strenuous physical activity
Use a straw
Drink carbonated beverages
Disturb forming blood clots
Do not drive, drink alcohol, or handle dangerous machinery while taking narcotic pain medications.