About Tooth Extractions
Tooth extraction involves the removal of a tooth, including all residual roots of the tooth. Extractions are necessary for the following reasons:
- A primary tooth is preventing the normal eruption of a permanent tooth
- The tooth has suffered extensive decay and/or trauma beyond treatment
- The patient has periodontal disease
- The tooth is impacted
- Extractions may be necessary in the course of orthodontic treatment
- A dental implant must be placed.
Types of Tooth Extractions
Simple Extractions – Typically done under local anesthesia, the tooth is removed without incision or removal of the supporting bone.
Surgical Extractions – Usually performed with both local anesthesia and IV sedation, this type of extraction involves incisions and the removal of supporting bone.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extraction Surgery
How long will tooth extraction surgery last?
Duration depends on the complexity of the procedure. Most extractions take from 15 to 45 minutes. Complex cases may take as long as 2 hours.
After tooth extraction surgery, how long will it take for my mouth to completely heal?
Again, it depends on the individual case, but the surgical extraction site may take up to 4 months to heal. Patients are usually uncomfortable for 2 to 3 weeks.
Are there any potential complications that I should be worried about after my tooth extraction surgery?
Swelling and bruising are the most common complications stemming from tooth extraction. Occasionally, patients develop a dry socket which can be treated immediately. Prolonged soreness occurs in some instances.
How many days of school or work will I have to miss after my tooth extractions?
Patients typically have work/school day interruptions for 1 to 2 days. Prescribed pain medication may prevent the patient from performing normal work or school-related tasks. You will be asked to ice the outside of your face for the first 24 hours to prevent swelling. You will also be asked to refrain from any physical activity, including walking, as these activities increase blood flow and encourage bleeding. After 1 or 2 days, you should be able to return to your normal routine.