If you have severely decayed teeth, they may need to be removed. Root canals can be done to try to remove infection and clean out teeth, but if teeth are too damaged for this treatment, extraction is necessary. Tooth extraction is not only an option for decayed teeth but can also treat damaged teeth, crowded teeth, and misaligned teeth.
Tooth Extraction FAQs
There are multiple frequently asked questions that patients have about tooth extraction. Learn the answers to them below:
Is the tooth extraction procedure painful?
Anesthesia is used during the procedure, so you may feel some numbness. However, if you are experiencing excessive pain or bleeding for several days following your tooth extraction, contact our office as soon as possible. This is an abnormal reaction and must be treated immediately.
How soon can I eat after the procedure?
You can remove the gauze to eat about one hour after surgery. Make sure you eat soft foods and avoid using a straw for the first 24 hours following the procedure. You should also avoid hot food and drinks for several hours.
How long does it take to recover from a tooth extraction?
Two to three weeks following the procedure, bone and gum tissue will regenerate. You will then need to restore the extracted tooth or teeth to prevent teeth from shifting and overcrowding. Overcrowding can make it difficult to clean between teeth and can cause more problems like tooth decay.
What are my restorative options following extraction?
Dental implants, dental bridges, and dentures are great restorative options for replacing missing teeth. For a stable and long-lasting restoration, dental implants that are capped with dental crowns are an effective solution. Patients with multiple consecutive missing teeth can benefit from dental bridges which can be removable or secured with dental implants. Dentures can replace whole arches of teeth and can also be removable or implant-secured.
Schedule an Appointment
If you need a tooth or teeth extracted, call Dentistry of the Queen City at 704.486.8911. Dr. Greg Reece and his professional staff will make sure that the tooth extraction procedure is as comfortable as possible.