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If you’re next dentist appointment involves a tooth extraction, you may be asking a lot of different questions. What is going to happen? Will it hurt? How long is the recovery? Why does my tooth need to be extracted?
Well, our team is prepared to give you a brief introduction to tooth extraction in hopes that we can answer some of the questions you may be asking yourself.

Why does a tooth need to be extracted?

There are several reasons that can make it necessary for a tooth to become extracted. Some of these reasons involve overcrowding, decay, risk of infection, damaged teeth or infection itself. If you are worried about a tooth and aren’t sure if it needs extracting, call your dentist to schedule an appointment.

What will happen during an extraction appointment?

When your tooth is extracted, your dentist will first numb the area around the tooth with an anesthetic, ensuring you don’t feel any pain. Once injected, the dentist will then use forceps to loosen the tooth away from the jaw bone to later extract the tooth.

What can I do to help the healing process?

From eating softer foods to icing the affected area, there are several ways you can care for your mouth after your procedure. One of our suggestions would be to avoid sucking through a straw for 24 hours after your tooth removal. This can help prevent the clot in your extraction site from bursting.

If you have questions or concerns about tooth extractions please call our office at 270.282.0909 today. Our team is prepared to answer your questions and help make you feel comfortable with the procedure.