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Tooth Extraction

Tooth extraction is performed when a tooth cannot be restored with fillings, root canals, or other treatments due to reasons such as severe decay, infection, or misalignment. Local anesthesia is typically administered during the extraction procedure. In cases requiring surgical intervention, general anesthesia or combined methods may be used. Sometimes, post-extraction symptoms such as pain, swelling, or bleeding may occur, but these usually subside and resolve within a few days.

Wisdom teeth can become impacted and grow improperly due to insufficient space in the jaw, as they are the last teeth to erupt. If a dentist recommends their extraction, it’s best not to delay the procedure. Pre- and post-extraction care for wisdom teeth is similar to that for other teeth.

The duration can vary depending on the position, size, and condition of the tooth. On average, an extraction takes between 5 to 30 minutes.

It’s recommended to avoid eating until the local anesthesia has worn off to minimize the risk of bleeding or injury. Avoid very hot or cold, hard, and spicy foods. Opt for soft foods such as yogurt, puree, soup, or soft fruits.

Avoid applying pressure to the extraction site and steer clear of hot and hard foods. Applying ice can help reduce swelling.

Mild bleeding is considered normal. Your dentist will provide you with a cotton or gauze pad to apply gentle pressure to the area for a few hours. If the bleeding intensifies, consult your dentist immediately.

Smoking can interfere with the healing process and increase the risk of bleeding. It is recommended to abstain from smoking for at least 24 hours, though waiting a few days is preferable.

In addition to smoking, alcohol can also negatively affect the healing process. It is advisable to avoid strenuous physical activities, sports, and stress for a short period after extraction.

Minor wounds on the gums post-extraction can pose a risk of infection if bacteria enter. Maintaining good oral hygiene can help minimize this risk.

In some cases, an implant can be placed immediately after tooth extraction. In others, it may be necessary to wait for 3-6 months for the jawbone to heal fully.

The most commonly used medication for pain relief after tooth extraction is ibuprofen. It’s important to consult your dentist or pharmacist for guidance.

The frequency can vary depending on the level of pain. If you’re taking other medications, it’s crucial to inquire about potential interactions.

Routine antibiotic use after tooth extraction is not recommended unless for individuals with compromised immune systems or a high risk of infection. Antibiotics should be prescribed by your dentist if deemed necessary.