Tooth Extractions: What You Need to Know
When the time comes to have a tooth extracted, many people find they have lots of questions. Here are some of the things you may want to know before having a tooth extracted.
Why Do Teeth Need to be Extracted?
There are four main reasons that teeth need to be extracted.
- Overcrowding: This occurs when there isn’t enough room inside your mouth for an emerging tooth, or an emerging tooth is causing damage to its neighbouring teeth. This is often a problem with wisdom teeth.
- Infection: If a decaying tooth has become infected, there’s a risk that the infection could spread. Your dentist may suggest an extraction to prevent this from happening.
- Braces: If your child needs braces, tooth extraction may be necessary to aid in the correct alignment of their adult teeth.
- Trauma: If you’ve suffered direct trauma to your teeth, you’ll need to seek emergency dental care. If the damage is bad enough, they may recommend a tooth extraction.
How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Tooth Extraction?
It’s normal to experience swelling and discomfort for the first 24 to 48 hours after a tooth extraction. This pain should, however, eventually subside and your gums may completely heal within one to two weeks of your extraction.
Can a Toothache Go Away on Its Own?
Dental pain of any kind typically indicates a more serious underlying issue. Make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible to get the treatment you need and prevent the problem from worsening.