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FAQs About Tooth Extraction
There are many reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary. One of the most common reasons is when a tooth is too badly damaged or decayed to be repaired. It may need to be extracted to make way for an implant. Teeth may also need to be pulled if the mouth is too crowded. Read on to find the answers to some of your frequently asked questions about this common dental procedure.
What can I expect during a tooth extraction?
Before the tooth extraction begins, the dentist will work to numb the area around the tooth. The patient may need to wait a few moments for the local anesthesia to take effect. If the tooth is impacted, or unable to break through the gum, the dentist will need to cut away the gum and bone surrounding the tooth. Then the dentist can use a tool to firmly grasp the tooth and gently move it back and forth until it comes loose. Sometimes, the dentist may need to cut the tooth in pieces to remove it.
How long does it take to extract a tooth?
A tooth extraction is a relatively quick procedure and will only take about 20 to 40 minutes for one tooth. This includes the time spent administering anesthesia to the patient. Each additional tooth may take another three to 15 minutes, depending on how easy or difficult it is to remove.
Does a tooth extraction hurt?
The procedure to extract a tooth will not hurt because the dentist will use local anesthesia in the area. This means that the side of the patient’s mouth with the tooth to be extracted will be numb. Some dentists also offer IV conscious sedation to help the patient feel more relaxed during the procedure.
Does a tooth extraction leave a gap?
A patient does not have to have a gap between the teeth after an extraction. There are many options to replace the tooth. If the tooth was removed because of infection or decay, a dentist may recommend an implant or a bridge to replace the tooth. If the tooth was removed before an orthodontic procedure, such as braces, the orthodontist will work to straighten the teeth so there will be no gaps. Because wisdom teeth are at the very back of the mouth, patients do not need to worry about a gap.
How long will it take to recover?
It generally takes a few days after a tooth extraction to recover. It is important for patients to follow all instructions from the dentist. This includes taking any medications, such as antibiotics, for the prescribed amount of time. Patients can take pain relievers as the numbing effects of the anesthesia wear off.
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Knowing more about what to expect when getting a tooth extracted can help you prepare for your extraction. The procedure itself is quick and can be painless. The pain after the procedure can be managed with over-the-counter medications. Following your dentist’s instructions will help speed your recovery.
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