Tooth Extractions FAQ’s
Why might I need a tooth pulled?
Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but for many reasons, this doesn’t always happen. For example, you might need to have a tooth extracted because it’s too diseased to keep. Lifestyle choices, trauma, and decay can all contribute to needing teeth pulled.
Other reasons for extractions include:
- Risk of infection from a failed root canal
- Risk of infection during an organ transplant or chemotherapy
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- Extra or crowded teeth
- No room for wisdom teeth (third molars)
How are extractions performed?
There are two types of extraction procedures: a simple extraction and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that is visible in your mouth. In a simple extraction, the tooth is loosened with a small tool called an elevator, then taken out with dental forceps.
A surgical extraction is more involved. The tooth may not have fully grown into the mouth, as is typical with wisdom teeth, or it may be broken off at the gum line. To perform a surgical extraction, the dentist will need to make a small cut in your gum to lift the tooth out. The tooth may need to be cut into pieces to be extracted. It may also be necessary to remove some of the bone around the affected tooth.
Your dentist gives you an injection (a local anesthetic) to numb your mouth before a simple extraction or surgical extraction, so you shouldn’t feel any pain. If multiple teeth are extracted at the same time, as is routine with wisdom teeth extraction, your dentist might give you a general anesthetic. You’ll feel no pain and will sleep through the procedure.
How long does it take to heal from a tooth extraction?
It depends on your individual situation and how many teeth you had extracted, but the first stages of the healing process usually occur within one or two weeks. You’ll experience new gum tissue and bone growth where your teeth used to be. It’s possible you could have trouble chewing or experience other pain and discomfort as you recover, based on the invasiveness of your dental procedure.
Because everyone’s circumstances are different, you should reach out to BENE Dental to schedule a consultation to explore your options and any necessary follow-up procedures like crowns or dental implants.
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