The most common reason for extraction is tooth damage due to breakage or decay. There are additional reasons for tooth extraction:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection
  • Severe gum disease, which may affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of teeth
  • In preparation for orthodontic treatment (braces)
  • Teeth in the fracture line
  • Teeth which cannot be restored endodontically
  • Fractured teeth
  • Supernumerary, supplementary or malformed teeth
  • Prosthetics; teeth detrimental to the fit or appearance of dentures
  • Insufficient space for wisdom teeth
  • Cosmetic; teeth of poor appearance, unsuitable for restoration

Before removing a tooth, the dentist thoroughly examines the patient's medical and dental history and, if necessary, conducts X-rays.  Before the extraction, the tooth area is anesthetized.

After having your tooth removed, there are certain steps you can take to help your recovery.  It can take several days to a week to make a full recovery.  To ensure proper healing:

  • You can brush your teeth but keep your toothbrush away from the healing wound to begin with, brushing closer to it each day.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth out for at least six hours.  After that, rinse gently with water.  If you like, you can try adding half a teaspoon of table salt dissolved in a glass of warm water.
  • When you feel ready to eat, start with sips of warm (not hot or spicy), soft or pureed food that you don’t need to chew.  Don’t suck on a straw.
  • If your gum bleeds, bite down on a clean pad of material such as a clean handkerchief for at least 15 minutes.
  • Don’t drink alcohol for at least 24 hours and don’t smoke for as long as possible – at least 24 hours.


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