You don't want to lose a tooth. However, when there's a high risk of oral 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. The need for extraction may be a result of gum disease, tooth decay, or dental trauma. Impacted wisdom teeth may also require this dental procedure. In orthodontics, teeth may also require extraction to create space.
First, a dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area. 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, and thus, must be avoided.
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