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Tooth Extraction | Hawaii Family Dental

You don't want to lose a tooth. However, when there's a high risk of the bacteria spreading and the tooth can't be saved, extracting your tooth is the best course of action.

Extracting a tooth involves the removal of a tooth from the dental socket or alveolus in the alveolar bone. A tooth is usually extracted when it's severely damaged due to gum disease, tooth decay, or dental trauma. Impacted wisdom teeth may also require this dental procedure. In orthodontics, teeth may also be extracted to create space.

First, a local anesthetic to numb the area is applied. After the tooth is removed, stitches may be required to close the hole. The recovery period usually is only a few days.

Your dentist may prescribe painkillers to help relieve any pain. They may also recommend eating soft foods and limit consumption of solid foods during the healing process. Smoking can delay the healing process.

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