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Tooth Extractions: When Do You Need to Remove a Tooth?

When a tooth becomes infected, damaged, decayed and cannot be removed, tooth extraction is the best solution.

Why would you need a tooth pulled?

Tooth extraction is required when it is decayed, damaged or infected. Extraction might also be required due to overcrowding.

Types of tooth extractions and what to expect

  • Simple extraction: It is done when a tooth is visible above the gum line.
  • Surgical extraction: It is done when a tooth is badly impacted.

For both the types of extraction, the dentist will numb the area to carry out the procedure.

How much does a tooth extraction cost?

The price varies on the basis of extraction required. Whether you go for simple or surgical extraction, this depends on the complexity of the issue.

Wisdom tooth extraction

The wisdom tooth is removed because it causes damage to the other teeth or there is no enough space in the mouth or pushes the other teeth out of position.

What is a dry socket?

Dry socket is caused due to the formation of a blood clot in the socket where the tooth was removed becomes dislodged, exposing the bone and nerves.

Causes of dry socket include:

  • Smoking
  • Repeated spitting or rinsing
  • Poor oral hygiene

Do teeth grow back or regenerate?

Permanent teeth do not grow back once they have been removed or lost. An implant, bridge or dentures is recommended to fill the space of missing tooth.

Aftercare: How to manage extraction recovery

  • Use pain relievers
  • Bite firmly on the gauze pad and replace once it is soaked in blood
  • Apply an ice pack

How long does it take for an extraction to heal?

The gum tissue takes from 3-4 weeks to heal and the bone can take up to 6 months.

What to eat after a tooth extraction

  • Ice cream
  • Cool or warm soup
  • Smoothies without a straw
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Apple sauce
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Cool drinks such as water, milk or juice

Can I smoke after an extraction?

It is recommended not to smoke for at least 10 days after tooth extraction.

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