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Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This can be necessary for a variety of reasons, such as severe decay or damage to the tooth, infection, overcrowding, or to prepare for orthodontic treatment.

The procedure typically involves numbing the area around the tooth with local anesthesia, and then using specialized instruments to loosen the tooth and remove it from the socket. In some cases, the tooth may need to be cut into smaller pieces for easier removal.

After the tooth is extracted, you will likely experience some discomfort and swelling in the area. Your dentist or oral surgeon will provide instructions for managing the pain and promoting healing, such as applying ice packs, taking pain medication, and avoiding certain foods and activities. It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and prevent complications such as infection. If you have any concerns or questions about tooth extraction, be sure to discuss them with your dentist or oral surgeon.

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What are the steps in tooth extraction?

The steps in a typical tooth extraction procedure may vary depending on the specifics of the case and the dentist’s or oral surgeon’s preferences. However, here are some general steps that are usually involved:

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Post Tooth Extraction

After a tooth extraction, it is important to take good care of the area to promote healing and reduce the risk of complications. Here are some general post-operative instructions:

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Swelling is normal after a tooth extraction as well as some mild pain.

An ice pack should be applied to the area to reduce swelling. Your dentist will also prescribe pain medications as needed during the recovery process. Swelling usually subsides within the first 48 hours of recovery.

Any and all pain medications prescribed by your dentist should be used as instructed. If your medication is not properly relieving pain, please call our office and one of our staff members will assist you. In situations where antibiotics are prescribed, take them for the full prescribed duration, even if symptoms of infection are gone.

You are allowed to resume your standard dental routine 24 hours after the initial procedure. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth as recommended. Keeping your mouth clean will speed-up the healing process and prevent infection. Typically, healing should take no more than a few days. If you experience any lingering symptoms such as continued bleeding or severe pain after 48-72 hours of recovery, call our dental office immediately.

After a tooth extraction, you can replace teeth with:


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