What You Must Know about Tooth Extraction

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Nobody looks forward to having a tooth out, and as dentists, we don’t take it lightly! Tooth extractions have a negative connotation for most people, but with the correct dental practitioner, the treatment may be simple and painless. Every year, we extract teeth for a large number of people in the OKC area. Today we will focus on the details of oral surgery i.e. tooth removal.

How Long Does a Tooth Extraction Take to Recover From?

For the first 2 days after your tooth extraction, you should avoid intense exertion. For 72 hours, do not use a straw, drink alcohol, smoke, or wash your teeth near the affected area to promote healing and avoid harming the blood clot that has formed. Swelling should go away in a few days, and full recovery can take up to two weeks.

When Do You Need a Tooth Extraction?

A crown, filling, or other dental treatment can often heal teeth that have been cracked or damaged by decay. However, if the damage is too extensive to be repaired, your dentist may propose extraction.

Here are a few more reasons why tooth extraction may be required:

  • The decay has progressed to the root of the tooth.
  • Injury or a traumatic event
  • There isn’t enough room in your mouth for all of your teeth.
  • Baby teeth do not fall out in time for permanent teeth to erupt.
  • Tooth extraction may be necessary during orthodontic treatment to make room for the teeth as they migrate into place.
  • Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are frequently extracted after or before they emerge.


Before extracting a tooth, your dentist will go over your dental and medical history with you and take the necessary X-rays. The length, form, and tooth position and surrounding bone are shown by X-rays. Your dentist can use this information to determine the best technique to extract the tooth or whether you should be referred to an oral surgeon.

They will use local anesthesia to numb the region around your tooth before removing it during a routine extraction. Your oral surgeon may use intravenous anesthesia that can range from conscious sedation to general anesthetic, to put you to sleep, during a more sophisticated extraction, known as a surgical extraction. If this is the case, make arrangements for someone to drive you home after the treatment and stay with you until the effects of the procedure have worn off.

Tooth Extraction

You may have one of two types of extractions:

  1. A simple extraction happens when a visible tooth is removed. A general dentist usually performs this. The tooth and gum around is numbed to loosen the tooth. Next it is extracted by dental forceps.
  2. A surgical tooth extraction involves more advanced techniques to remove a broken tooth at the gun line but not erupted to the mouth properly. This kind of oral surgery is usually performed by surgeons but regular dentists also can perform this.

Following the Extraction

After a tooth extraction, the most important thing to remember is to keep the region clean and free of infection. Following the procedure, your dentist may instruct you to gently bite down on a piece of sterile and dry gauze.It should be kept in place for up to 30 to 45 minutes to prevent bleeding while clotting occurs. Your dentist will give you specific aftercare recommendations, but during the first 24 hours after your extraction, you should avoid smoking, violently rinsing your mouth, or cleaning the teeth near the extraction site.

Following an extraction, you should expect some pain and discomfort. In some circumstances, your dentist will suggest or prescribe a pain reliever. Applying an ice pack to your cheek may help to minimize swelling. Limit intense exercise, stay away from hot liquids, and don’t drink via a straw. Discomfort should subside in three to two weeks under typical circumstances. If you have persistent or severe pain, bleeding, swelling or a fever, contact your dentist or oral surgeon right once.

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-time tooth extraction patient, the best way to ensure a successful and pain-free treatment is to carefully follow your dentist’s instructions before and after the procedure. Tooth extraction clears the way for something greater and can help you maintain a healthy, confident smile. Dr. Wooten at Oral and Facial Surgery of Oklahoma is the right person to get your tooth extracted. For any other oral and dental concerns, get in touch with him in OKC.

**Disclaimer: This site content is not intended to be medical advice nor establishes a doctor-patient relationship.