|Surgical Removal of a Tooth|
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Reasons for Procedure
- Is too badly damaged or decayed to be saved by a root canal
- Has an infected nerve
- Is affecting normal tooth growth
- Is loose from advanced gum disease
- Has a loss of supporting bone, gums, or tissue
- Nerve damage
- Poor nutrition
- Poor overall health
- Use of some prescription and non-prescription drugs—talk to your dentist about any medication you are taking.
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
- Do a thorough dental exam
- Do dental x-rays of the mouth
- Local anesthesia—just the area that is being operated on is numbed; given as an injection
- General anesthesia—blocks pain and keeps you asleep through the procedure
Description of the Procedure
Immediately After Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
How Much Will It Hurt?
- Do not smoke.
- Continue to brush and floss other teeth. This will help prevent infection in the extraction site.
- Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
Call Your Dentist
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, or any discharge from the open socket
- Excessive bleeding continuing for more than four hours after surgery
- Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
- Any new symptom
Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association http://www.mouthhealthy.org
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research http://www.nidcr.nih.gov
Canadian Dental Association http://www.cda-adc.ca
Canadian Dental Hygienists Association http://www.cdha.ca
Tooth decay. Mouth Healthy—American Dental Association website. Available at: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/d/decay. Accessed January 13, 2015.
Tooth decay (caries). National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research website. Available at: http://www.nidcr.nih.gov/OralHealth/Topics/ToothDecay/. Accessed January 13, 2015.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 08/15/2012 -