Tooth extraction is sometimes necessary and beneficial to your oral health. Teeth may need to be extracted for a variety of reasons, but the procedure is usually pretty simple.
If you or your child need a tooth extraction, you may be wondering how long it will take. Here’s how long you can expect to be in the dental chair to have a tooth pulled.
Why Extract a Tooth?
A tooth may need to be extracted for any of the following reasons:
- Severe decay. A tooth that has a large cavity or extensive decay across the majority of the tooth may not be savable with restorative procedures and will need to be extracted.
- Large fracture. If a large portion of a tooth is broken off the tooth may not be repairable and will need to be extracted.
- Crowded teeth. Sometimes teeth are extracted to make more room in the mouth when there is extreme crowding.
- Infection. An infected tooth that goes untreated for too long may need to be extracted.
Average Length of a Tooth Extraction Procedure
A simple tooth extraction may take no longer than 30 minutes. A more complex extraction, such as a large or impacted tooth, may take up to an hour. Multiple extractions at the same time could take longer depending on the total number.
What Type of Anesthesia is Used for Tooth Extraction?
Another factor in the length of the overall tooth extraction procedure is the type of anesthesia used. Possibilities include:
- Local anesthesia. Most basic tooth extractions can be performed with just local anesthesia to numb the area. This is expected and will not add any additional time to the procedure in most cases. However, some patients require more anesthesia than others and it may need to be administered in multiple doses, which can add some time to the process.
- Nitrous oxide. Patients who are nervous or anxious about tooth extraction may benefit from nitrous oxide. A few extra minutes will be needed to administer nitrous oxide, but it takes effect quickly and wears off quickly.
- Conscious oral sedation. Taking an oral sedative before going to your appointment can help you feel more relaxed. This should not add any additional time to your tooth extraction procedure, but it will take longer to wear off, meaning you’ll need to plan on resting for the remainder of the day after your appointment.
Tooth Extraction at Suwanee Family Dentistry
If you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, Suwanee Family Dentistry can quickly and gently remove it. We also provide replacement options for teeth, including bridges, dental implants, and dentures.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tooth Extraction
Does tooth extraction hurt?
Anesthesia will be used to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. If you experience any discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, over the counter pain medication should be sufficient.
How soon can I eat after tooth extraction?
We recommend a liquid and soft food diet for the first 24-48 hours after a tooth extraction. This includes any food that doesn’t require chewing. Avoid drinking from a straw for the first few days to prevent dry socket.