When you need to alleviate pain and a tooth cannot be saved, you may need a tooth extraction. There are several reasons to pull a tooth, including:
- Orthodontia, making room for the rest of the teeth to get straightened
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Severe damage to due to decay or injury
- Treatment of periodontal disease
- Infection or the risk of an infection
There are two types of tooth extractions. Our team will review your situation with you in detail and allow you to make the right decision for your dental care and recovery. The two types are simple and surgical. With a surgical procedure, you may be administered general anesthesia.
Total recovery time from a tooth extraction is typically three to four weeks, with an initial healing time of one to two weeks, as you will need time for bones to recover and gums to regrow over the gap. Right after the procedure, you may experience bleeding in the first 24 hours, as well as some stiffness or soreness in the jaw. While your mouth recovers, start with soft food and continually add firmer foods slowly over time. Do not use straws, and do not smoke.
Remember, getting your tooth pulled may not be your only option. Schedule an exam with us, and we’ll go over all of your options.