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Tooth Extraction

What Is A Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction consists of a dentist pulling teeth – not so to speak. After using a numbing agent on the area, the dentist will remove the tooth bone from the socket of your gums.

How Do You Prepare For Dental Extractions?

In most cases, you cannot eat anything 8 to 12 hours prior to getting a tooth pulled. If the procedure requires local anesthesia, you may eat a light meal 1 to 2 hours prior.

In both cases, you must brush and floss beforehand and tell your dentist about medications you take and conditions you have.

Why Should I Get A Tooth Pulled?

A dental extraction is performed because of damage, blockage, or preparation for a further procedure:

  • Broken crown
  • Extra teeth
  • Baby teeth
  • Infection
  • Braces

Dental extraction is also performed for the removal of wisdom teeth, which are often misaligned and cause pain. The need for wisdom tooth extraction is incredibly common in young adults.

What Can You Expect When Getting A Tooth Pulled?

Firstly, your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth. This is so that they can a map of your mouth and see the relationship the tooth has with the rest of your mouth, as well as your sinuses. Depending on the reason for tooth extraction (such as infection), you may be given antibiotics. You will likely be given a numbing agent, or local anesthesia.

The duration of the extraction varies upon the reason.

What Is The Followup And Recovery Like For A Tooth Extraction?

Expect to experience discomfort, even for the simplest procedure. Your dentist may recommend taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), which you should use as directed. You will be asked to bite on a piece of gauze to control the bleeding, which you can experience for up to 24 hours following the dental extraction.

If the procedure was lengthy or difficult, the dentist will have you schedule a follow-up visit.

What Are The Potential Costs For A Dental Extraction?

Your insurance may cover a portion of the procedure.

A simple extraction can cost anywhere between $75 and $200 per tooth. A more difficult procedure can cost anywhere between $800 and $4,000. Prices vary upon the area in which you live.

What Are The Potential Risks?

A common risk is getting a dry socket, which is when a blood clot breaks down too early or doesn’t form at all. This condition typically causes pain 3 days following the tooth extraction.

Other potential risks include:

  • Fractures in nearby teeth
  • Incomplete extraction (when a root remains in the socket)
  • A fractured jaw
  • A hole in the sinus
  • Remaining numbness

Are There Other Related Treatments?

You may require stitches after getting a tooth pulled to control bleeding.

Sometimes a tooth extraction can be performed in preparation for another procedure, such as applying braces.

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