There are six main reasons a person may need a tooth extracted:
- Tooth decay
- Gum infection
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Lack of space in the mouth for the teeth or overcrowding
A dental extraction procedure can save your teeth from decaying, causing more problems than you want to deal with.
What to Expect
At Arlington Dental, our dentists and oral surgeons in Poughkeepsie and Fishkill will do everything possible to help you retain your existing teeth and keep them healthy. However, there are times when a tooth is beyond restoration and needs to be extracted.
Having a tooth extracted can happen for a number of reasons and is a common procedure that many children and adults experience. Be sure to tell your dentist if you have any other conditions that could interfere with the procedure or put you at risk for infection, such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, or a history of bacterial endocarditis. You will receive a local anesthetic for an extraction.
During TreatmentWhen a tooth needs to be extracted, your dentist will likely use a local anesthetic and, when required, sedation to make you feel comfortable during your oral surgery. Extractions are performed in our New York offices, so you won't have to worry about going to an outpatient oral surgery center. We have a great team of dentists and oral surgeons that will work to take care of you during your tooth removal.
After TreatmentOnce the tooth is removed, you will want to take preventative steps to promote healing. Your dental team will provide you with post-tooth extraction care instructions for your comfort and healing to reduce the possibility of complications. Minor pain and discomfort may last for up to a week after a dental extraction.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Dental implants may be placed immediately following your tooth extraction, depending on your specific type of extraction. Immediate placement will occur after surgery if there is sufficient bone present around the extraction site. If the bone around the extraction needs to heal, placing the implant may wait 3 - 6 months while healing.
Soft, malleable food is recommended. Liquid and soft foods such as apple sauce, yogurt, smoothies, soups, and mashed potatoes are the easiest to consume. Come cold foods, such as Jell-O, pudding, and ice cream, can temporarily soothe the pain and discomfort you may experience.
Be sure to avoid any consumption that involves sucking, such as drinking through a straw or smoking. This can cause stitches to be removed and open dry sockets in your gums.
Generally, pain from tooth extractions can last about a week. Pain will begin to decrease after the third day of healing, and after a week, new tissue will start to form at the extraction site. The first two days of recovery are the ones that will require the most attention and care. Bleeding will stop once the blood clot forms, which occurs during the two days immediately after. Be sure to rinse your mouth with warm salt water, and eat soft and malleable foods to avoid irritating the recovery area. If a dry socket forms at the dental extraction site, this will slow the recovery time and cause undue pain at the site.