How long does a tooth extraction take?

What should you expect if you need an extractionThe process or act of removing a tooth or tooth parts.?

Tooth extractions occur for several reasons and are a straightforward medical procedure. Having a tooth removed can happen for several reasons. Commonly the extraction will take place if you have tooth decayThe lay term for carious lesions in a tooth; decomposition of tooth structure. or an abscess which is causing you a great deal of pain. Poor dental hygiene can lead to cavities forming in your teeth where bacteria spreads. This leads to infections, which if left unattended could result in the extraction being needed. Alternatively, if your teeth are misaligned and in need of straightening then your dentist may suggest removing a tooth to help with this process. Consequently, tooth extractions can occur for both medical and cosmetic purposes.

The treatment itself is quick and usually only takes a few minutes during one appointment, however, you may want an additional appointment to discuss the procedure. It does not hurt however you will need stitches after the treatment, but these will dissolve within 2-4 weeks. You can expect some minor bleeding over the next few days however the pain should be kept to a minimum. Should the pain intensify in the days following the extraction, contact your dentist and they will prescribe the best painkillers to counter this. There may also be some swelling, but this should pass after a few days.

Tooth extraction can be a stressful experience and may cause some anxiety so if you have any concerns about the treatment feel free to contact your dentist and they will be happy to organise an appointment.

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