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While it’s most common for teens and adults to have their wisdom teeth removed, other factors can make extraction of a permanent tooth necessary. Know what to expect during and after a tooth extraction procedure for your peace of mind.
Yes, permanent teeth are meant to stay with you throughout your life. However, it can become necessary to have them removed due to several factors, including:
What to expect
Tooth extractions are often an outpatient procedure performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. There are two main types of tooth extractions:
Tooth extractions are a common procedure with minimal risks involved, but it’s important to know when you should call your dentist. Contact your dentist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
To help ensure the tooth extraction site heals properly, here’s a few steps you can take during your recovery.
Immediately following the procedure:
During the first 24 hours:
After 24 hours:
Your dentist will provide specific instructions that you should follow after your tooth extraction. The healing period generally lasts one to two weeks, so be gentle while brushing and flossing your teeth and when eating. As you recover, new bone and gum tissue will form within the gap.
It’s also normal for the remaining teeth to shift following a tooth extraction. However, if it becomes difficult to chew while eating, your dentist may recommend an implant, fixed bridge or denture.
If you experience pain that doesn’t go away after several days or show signs of an infection — including fever, pain and drainage from the incision — make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.
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* All TruAssure dental plans, other than Basic and Preferred dental plans, are offered in association with the DenteMax Plus dental network arrangement, which includes participating dentists from the DenteMax, United Concordia and Connection dental networks. TruAssure Basic and Preferred dental plans for both group and individual members are offered in association with the DenteMax dental network.
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