While it’s always best for people to keep their natural teeth, removing a baby or permanent tooth is necessary under some circumstances. Teeth extractions are often necessary for overcrowded teeth, baby teeth that won’t come out on their own, injuries and trauma, severe tooth decay and infection, and finally, wisdom tooth removal. If you are considering tooth extraction as a part of your dental care, you might wonder how long the procedure takes.
How Long Will a Tooth Extraction Take?
Tooth extractions can vary in duration based on several factors, such as:
- If you’re having a baby or a permanent tooth removed
- The level of anesthesia required
- If the tooth is in a difficult position
First, we will use a mild anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth. In some cases, we will also provide dental sedation to help you relax during your treatment. Rest assured, we won’t start an extraction until you are comfortable and your anesthesia is fully effective.
Loosening the targeted tooth takes anywhere between ten to thirty minutes, depending on your individual situation. For example, baby teeth are usually much easier and quicker to remove than permanent teeth.
Then we will wash out the socket, close and protect it. During this process, we may also remove some unneeded tissue and smooth out what is left. You may have some sutures or gauze left in your mouth. Generally, these steps alone will take between ten and thirty minutes.
Keep in mind that if you receive an anesthetic stronger than a local numbing agent, you may need to stay until it wears off before returning home.
All things considered, a tooth removal procedure can take between one to several hours from start to finish. Before scheduling your treatment, our staff will let you know how long you should anticipate your appointment so that you can carve out the necessary time for your care.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare Instructions
Your dentist will provide you with specific instructions on how to care for your extraction site, which can vary based on which teeth were removed. For most extraction patients, ice packs are helpful if you experience any swelling after your procedure, as are over-the-counter pain medications for easing any pain you might experience at or around the extraction site. You should also:
- Keep your head elevated during rest
- Eat soft foods
- Avoid straws
- Avoid smoking
- Refrain from vigorous physical activity
Do You Need a Tooth Extraction? Call Champagne Smiles Today
At Champagne Smiles, our highly skilled dentists always try their best to salvage your natural tooth. If our team recommends a tooth extraction as a part of your treatment plan, you can trust that it’s the best option for promoting a healthy smile. If you have been told you need a tooth removed or think you might, contact our dental professionals today at 732-972-0918. We can answer your questions and help you achieve your goal of a happy, healthy smile!