When you have a tooth that has been damaged to the extent that it is no longer feasible to attempt repairing it, you may need to have it extracted. Other reasons to extract a tooth include teeth that are impacted (not erupted) or—as is frequently seen in the case of wisdom teeth—teeth that are growing in at such an angle as to cause permanent damage to surrounding teeth. Finally, some teeth simply need to be removed due to advanced periodontal disease that has caused the jawbone tissue to recede away from the tooth. Whatever the reason, if you need to have a tooth removed, you probably want to know more about the process before you get started.
What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction is the process of having a tooth removed. You may be able to simply have it pulled with no need for surgical assistance (this a simple extraction) or your dental professional may need to perform a minor surgical procedure to assist in the removal (this is called a surgical extraction). Occasionally, a dental professional may anticipate a removal being a simple extraction, but due to the fracturing of the tooth or unanticipated difficulty in removing it, he or she may have to turn the simple extraction into a surgical extraction.
Regardless of the type of tooth extraction we are performing, you may rest assured that we will do so only after the area has been thoroughly numbed using the most effective anesthetic available.
How long does a tooth extraction take?
This is a difficult question to answer, because every extraction is different. Some simple extractions may be performed in a matter of minutes, while some surgical extractions can take significantly longer. Whatever the duration, we will perform the extraction as quickly as possible with a minimum amount of trauma to you. We will monitor you throughout the procedure and ensure that you are properly anesthetized in order to maintain your level of comfort.
What happens after the extraction?
Within 12 hours after the procedure all of your bleeding should have stopped. If you are still experiencing significant amounts of blood loss more than 12 hours after the procedure you should call us right away.
For a few days you will experience soreness, light bleeding, oozing, and some pain. During this time, you can take an over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Advil.
Avoid eating hard or crunchy foods while your extraction site heals, and try to chew using the teeth on the other side of your mouth in order to avoid agitating the extraction site. Also, beginning 24 hours after the procedure, you should rinse your mouth out with warm salt water. Rinse for 1 minute at a time, 3-4 times each day. Doing this will aid the healing process and reduce your chances of infection by cutting down on the bacteria levels in your mouth.
We are here to help you, and we are happy to answer any questions you have.
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Dr. John Shillingburg is proud to be a native Texan. After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor's degree in Biomedical Science and from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio with a doctorate degree in dental science, Dr. Shillingburg completed a general dentistry residency at Fort Carson in Colorado. Read more.
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