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Your pearly whites are an indication of your oral health. You faithfully brush, floss, and keep your dental cleanings. But sometimes things happen which may result in tooth loss. An accident or injury can cause tooth trauma or advanced infections which cannot be fixed by root canal therapy may also result in tooth loss. Your dentist may decide to remove wisdom teeth to make room for overcrowded teeth, or to prepare for orthodontia.

If you do have a tooth or teeth extracted, you may be eligible for tooth replacement so you don’t have to worry about gaps in your smile. You may be a good candidate for dental implants, a fixed bridge, or dentures.

To find out if you do need a tooth extracted, x-rays will be taken to reveal the extent of tooth damage. Once the determination is made and you are a candidate for tooth removal, the surgery will generally be done on an outpatient basis.

You may have someone accompany you to the visit, depending on the type of anesthesia you will require. Your dentist will numb the area, and may administer a local or general anesthetic if the tooth is impacted or if there are several teeth needing removal.

Once the removal process is accomplished you may receive stitches. These can be dissolvable or may have to be removed if they are not. You will receive medication following the surgery, which can include painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, and if you have a weak immune system or are infection-prone, antibiotics.

While your mouth is healing you will be primarily on a soft-food diet. It usually takes one to two weeks to recover, depending on your healing health and the care and rest you receive.

This is just a brief, general overview of what you may expect regarding tooth extraction. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please feel free to contact our office at 864-642-4630 and let us help you keep your smile healthy and beautiful!