Tooth Extraction

This is a procedure to remove a tooth.

  • Call Your Dentist

    After arriving home, contact your dentist if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, or any discharge from the open socket
    • Excessive bleeding continuing for more than four hours after surgery
    • Pain that you cannot control with the medications you have been given
    • Any new symptom

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    This is a procedure to remove a tooth.

    Surgical Removal of a Tooth
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    While dental techniques can save many teeth, a tooth may need to be removed if it:

    • Is too badly damaged or decayed to be saved by
      root canal
    • Has an infected nerve
    • Is affecting normal tooth growth
    • Is loose from advanced gum disease
    • Has a loss of supporting bone, gums, or tissue

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a tooth extracted, your dentist will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Nerve damage

    Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

    • Smoking
    • Poor nutrition
    • Poor overall health
    • Use of some prescription and non-prescription drugs—talk to your dentist about any medication you are taking.

    Be sure to discuss these risks with your dentist before the procedure.