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Tooth Removal

According to the Center for Disease Control, 1 out of every 4 Americans has untreated tooth decay.  Tooth decay is a progressive disease with very subtle symptoms, if any, until it is very advanced. If not treated, tooth decay ultimately results in tooth loss.


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A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the jawbone. There are several reasons why this may need to be done.  The most common reason that a tooth must be extracted is because of impaction of wisdom teeth. If teeth become impacted and they cannot erupt fully, they must be removed. Another reason a tooth may be remove include a fracture below the bone level, leaving the tooth not able to be restored properly. An infected tooth that cannot undergo root canal therapy may also need to be removed. Finally, a tooth that has had so much tooth decay that it will not longer hold a crown may have to be removed.

 

How long will it take to recover from a tooth extraction ?

It takes about 2 weeks for the gums to completely cover the socket where the tooth was removed. It takes several months for full bone healing to occur.

 

Is a tooth extraction painful?

While numbing medication and sedation are commonly offered for the tooth extraction procedure, making the procedure itself painless, it is not uncommon to feel pain after the numbness wears off for several days. The peak day is usually the third day and then slowly gets better over the next few days. Ice packs, elevated sleeping and anti inflammatory medications all help with the pain.

 

Do’s and Don’ts after a tooth extraction

Do’s

Take pain medication and antibiotics as directed

Apply ice packs to the area for the first few days

eat only soft foods

Drink plenty of liquids

Sleep with your head elevated over your heart

Rinse with warm salt water

 

Don’t

Drink through a straw

Drink carbonated beverages

Swish or spit

Smoke

Eat solid foods in the area of the extraction

 

How long does it hurt after a tooth extraction?

The amount of time a tooth extraction hurts varies depending on the size of the tooth and how much bone trauma occurred to get the tooth out, the pain tolerance of the patient, as well as the patients healing ability due to health factors. The average amount of time it hurts is a week, with the peak being on the third day.

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