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dental extractions

Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed.

A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.

Other reasons include:
  • A crowded mouth.
  • Infection or Risk of infection.
  • Periodontal disease
Before having a tooth pulled, let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have one of the following (note that this list is not complete):
  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Artificial joint, such as a hip replacement
  • History of bacterial endocarditis

How long does it take to heal from an extraction

The initial healing period usually takes about one to two weeks. New bone and gum tissue will grow into the gap – this process can take 6 weeks to 6 months.
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