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What Is an Extraction?

Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.

Why might I need to get a tooth extracted?

If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment, but sometimes there’s too much damage for the tooth to be repaired and extracting a tooth is the last resort.

Reasons for an extraction:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • Teeth which cannot be restored
  • Teeth in the fracture line
  • Fractured teeth
  • Severe gum disease which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth

Recovery Guidelines

Within the first 24 hours following the extraction, it is important not to disturb the wound and to follow proper tooth extraction aftercare.

Start taking prescribed painkillers and medicine by your dentist immediately after the extraction because if you delay the intake, pain will set in.

Rest is the next important thing to do after a tooth extraction. Do not exercise, bend or lift heavy things for 12 to 24 hours after extraction.

Try your best to keep the area clean to prevent infection and promote healing, but be careful not to directly brush the extraction site for 3 to 4 days after surgery. You can return to work, school, and normal life but no strenuous activity.