How do you know when a tooth needs to be pulled?

There are a few reasons that a tooth might need to be extracted. If your teeth are too crowded and can’t fit comfortably together in your mouth, one or more may need to be removed. If a tooth is damaged, infected, or has decayed to a point where it makes more sense to remove it, then your dentist will recommend tooth extraction. Wisdom teeth are usually removed because of crowding, impacted wisdom teeth especially. Your dentist will be able to determine whether tooth extraction is necessary.

Is tooth extraction painful?

Before a tooth is extracted, your dentist will provide you with some kind of anesthetic so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Sometimes this involves injecting local anesthetic near the tooth to numb the area. For wisdom teeth removal, patients usually receive either nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or general anesthetic to sleep through the procedure.

While you shouldn’t feel any pain during the dental extraction, you may feel some mild pain or soreness for a few days afterward. Your dentist should either prescribe pain medication or recommend some over-the-counter pain medications that you can take.

What is the recovery process after tooth extraction?

The full recovery process following a tooth extraction can take anywhere from 5-14 days on average, depending on the type of procedure. We recommend that you take at least one day off from work or school following a dental extraction to rest and recover. After you are cleared to return to your daily activities, you may continue to experience some soreness and visible swelling. Your dentist will likely recommend that you continue eating soft foods and avoid strenuous activities for at least a few days afterward.

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