A tooth extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the gum socket. It is usually done by a dentist or an oral surgeon.

Why do I need a tooth extraction?

There are many reasons why you might need a tooth extraction, including:

  • A decayed or infected tooth that cannot be saved.
  • A wisdom tooth that is impacted or causing problems.
  • A tooth that has been broken or damaged beyond repair.
  • A tooth that is causing pain or discomfort.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

Your dentist at CDA Dental Center will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then, they will use a pair of forceps to loosen the tooth and remove it from the gum socket. In some cases, your dentist may need to make an incision in the gum tissue to access the tooth.

What is the recovery time for a tooth extraction?

The recovery time for a tooth extraction varies depending on the individual patient and the complexity of the procedure. In general, you can expect to be sore for a few days after the extraction. You may also experience some bleeding, swelling, and numbness.

What are the aftercare instructions for a tooth extraction?

Your dentist will give you specific aftercare instructions after your tooth extraction. These instructions may include:

  • Applying ice to the area to reduce swelling.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity.
  • Not smoking.
  • Not rinsing or spitting forcefully for 24 hours.

Is a tooth extraction painful?

CDA Dental Center is known for gentle dental care. The tooth extraction itself should not be painful, as your dentist will numb the area before the procedure. However, you may experience some pain after the extraction. This pain can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.

What are the alternatives to a tooth extraction?

In some cases, there may be alternatives to a tooth extraction. For example, if your tooth is decayed, your dentist may be able to save the tooth by filling or crowning it. However, if the tooth is beyond repair, an extraction may be the best option.

If you are considering a tooth extraction, be sure to talk to your dentist about the benefits, risks, and alternatives involved. They can help you decide if a tooth extraction is the right choice for you.

Please call the CDA Dental Center and ask about tooth extractions. We’d love to answer any questions you may have.

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