Wondering if a tooth extraction is in your near future? Even though it is ideal for you to keep all your natural teeth in your mouth for as long as possible, when one of your teeth is extremely damaged, it may be necessary to go ahead and extract the tooth. The only way you can know for sure is by calling an experienced dentist and scheduling an appointment for more information.
Talking to a dentist about a tooth extraction
Want to know why you should talk about tooth extraction with a dentist? Because a dentist can fully explain the procedure so you know exactly what to expect. When you know what to expect, you are more likely to experience a successful recovery. A dentist can also educate you on how to prevent further tooth extractions. Whenever you lose one of your teeth, it is essential to find a tooth replacement option as soon as possible.
According to the American Dental Association, when having an extraction, today’s modern procedures and follow-up care are there for your benefit and comfort.
About tooth extractions
Below is a list of basic information about tooth extractions.
How is a tooth extracted?
There are currently two different types of extraction procedures. The first is a simple extraction, which means that the patient only needs local anesthesia, as there should not be any complications when extracting the tooth. The second is a surgical extraction, which means that the patient may need to be placed under general anesthesia, as the extraction procedure is determined to be more difficult.
How long do tooth extractions take?
While every patient is different, the average amount of time it takes to perform a simple tooth extraction is somewhere between 20 and 40 minutes. If more than just one tooth is being extracted from the mouth, then patients can expect that it will take another 15 minutes per tooth. For patients who need a surgical extraction, they should ask the dentist how long they can expect it to take, as surgical tooth extractions are much more complex.
Tips for recovering from a tooth extraction
Tips to help patients recover from a tooth extraction include resting for at least 24 hours, not rinsing the mouth during the first 24 hours, carefully brushing the teeth around the extraction site, not smoking and avoiding eating and drinking until the anesthesia has worn off.
Are you in need of a tooth extraction?
If you think a tooth extraction is necessary, we invite you to make an appointment with our experienced dentist now. While it is always preferred for you to keep all your natural teeth in your mouth, sometimes it is necessary to extract a tooth when it is too damaged. If your tooth does need to be extracted, we will help you choose a tooth replacement option that works for you. Call us today if you have any questions!
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