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Thanks to modern dentistry, tooth extractions are no longer a painful experience. Your dentist will always do everything they can to save your natural teeth, but sometimes an extraction is necessary to maintain the wellness of your mouth. With sedation options, local anesthesia, and a gentle hand, a tooth extraction can be a simple procedure that gets you back to exceptional oral health.
The most common reason for extractions is tooth decay.
To ensure you feel no pain or discomfort during the procedure, your dentist will use local anesthesia on and around the extraction site.
Your dentist may recommend sedation for your tooth extraction. If you are an anxious patient, feel free to ask your dentist for options. Sedation can help you relax and feel comfortable during longer extraction procedures.
Using special instruments, your dentist will slowly and gently loosen the tooth before extraction. When sufficient mobility of the tooth is achieved, your dentist will gently remove it from the socket.
After the tooth has been removed, your dentist will clean and disinfect the area. If necessary, a suture or two may be placed over the extraction site to ensure proper healing.
Once the procedure is complete, you’ll be sent home to recover. Your dentist will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to help your mouth heal as quickly as possible.
While your dentist will always try to save your tooth first, an extraction may be necessary for teeth that have been severely damaged by injuries, gum disease, or decay.
For example, a tooth may not be possible to save with a root canal if it is deeply infected. Your dentist may recommend an extraction instead. A dental implant, dental bridge, or partial denture can be used to replace your missing tooth and restore the natural function of your smile.
Bone grafts, or bone tissue transplants, are used to repair and reinforce weakened, fractured, or otherwise traumatized bones within the body.
When you lose a tooth, or have a tooth extracted, the jaw is no longer being stimulated by regular chewing and bite forces, and it begins to deteriorate through a process called bone resorption. The weakened bone must be fortified in order to properly support something like the post of a dental implant. Bone grafting uses natural or synthetic bone minerals that fuse with the existing jaw and stimulate bone growth. The healing time is similar to that of a tooth extraction, but it will take 3 to 6 months for the bone to completely heal.
Overall, the extraction healing process takes about 1-2 weeks.
Thanks to numbing and sedation treatments, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during or immediately after your extraction procedure. However, symptoms such as pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and bleeding may begin to arise within a few hours following your extraction. While these symptoms tend to peak within the first 2-3 days, they will begin to fade as you continue to heal. Make sure to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for 5-7 days after your treatment to prevent agitation of the area.
It will take about 1-2 weeks to completely heal from the extraction. By carefully following the recovery instructions provided to you by your dentist, you can enhance the healing progress. It is not normal to endure severe pain and discomfort 1-2 weeks after your extraction, so contact your dentist for a follow-up appointment if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Extractions that are required to remove impacted wisdom teeth, or damaged or decayed teeth, are typically covered by insurance. To fully understand your coverage and benefits, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider.
Your dentist will always try to save your tooth first before considering an extraction.