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Is a dental tooth extraction considered surgery ? One dentist recommends clindamycin before and after for 5 days. Others do not. Confusing!

Is a dental tooth extraction considered surgery ?  One dentist  recommends clindamycin  before and after for 5 days.  Others do not.  Confusing!

Yes: A dentist would normally prescribe antibiotics for various reasons including an existing infection and a susceptibility to infection for various medical reasons. If an infection is already present, you should start antibiotic coverage immediately. Every dentist has their own protocol regarding antibiotic coverage. If you trust the dentist, trust his advice.If not, find a dentist that you do trust. ...Read more

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Tooth Extraction (Definition)

Tooth extraction means removing an entire tooth or teeth from the jawbone. ...Read more


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Dental abcess, had tooth extraction afraid some vact is still in blood..Wht blood cells are good..Is there symptoms after infection is gone.?

Dental abcess, had tooth extraction  afraid some vact is still in blood..Wht blood cells are good..Is there symptoms after infection is gone.?

Follow-up: The dentist who extracted your tooth is the one responsible for your follow-up after care. When was the tooth removed and when did you finish your course of antibiotics? Any questions or concerns should be addressed to that health care provider. ...Read more

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Does dental insurance cover a tooth extraction?

Does dental insurance cover a tooth extraction?

Most likely: You can expect that most dental insurances will provide some level of coverage for routine dental extractions and there is no need for preauthorization. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i could get tooth extraction during dental check up?

Can you tell me if i could get tooth extraction during dental check up?

Possibly: But the dentist would have to have the time reserved for the extraction, and if the schedule is full, there may not be enough time. Call the office to discuss. ...Read more

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Dental experts! what is better root canal or tooth extraction?

Dental experts! what is better root canal or tooth extraction?

Keep the tooth: All things considered equal, like the tooth can be restored after the root canal without any periodontal treatment, then it's always better to have the root canal and save the teeth. It allows continuing contact with the adjacent teeth to keep them from shifting, and it allows contact with the teeth in the opposite jaw and keeps them from drifting up or down which could change your bite. ...Read more

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Dental fistula remains after much treatment; is tooth extraction the only way?

Fistula: I am not sure what type of treatments you are referring to? If a tooth presents with a fistula, the first choice of treatment is a root canal therapy. If that fails, the root canal treatment is usually redone with or without an apicoectomy( to resect the pointy part of the root where abscess is present). You also must check for possibility of fracture in that tooth which warrants extraction. ...Read more

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I have a deep and very painful hole in my first molar which has given me sleepless nights, I live in Nigeria and as a student I cannot afford the very best dental treatment, I'm considering a tooth extraction but I'm afraid of the pain and possible infect

I have a deep and very painful hole in my first molar which has given me sleepless nights, I live in Nigeria and as a student I cannot afford the very best dental treatment, I'm considering a tooth extraction but I'm afraid of the pain and possible infect

Difficult Decision: Although it would be best to save the tooth with root canal therapy and a crown, if circumstances and other options are not available, then you will have no choice. The threat of pain and infection is now, not during or after the extraction. Have your teeth examined and have any lesions restored so that you do not loose more teeth. ...Read more

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Chronic dental fistula for 1yr caused by tooth extraction, hole in sinus closed now, no sinus symptoms. 2 failed ops. Still pus draining. Any ideas?

Chronic dental fistula for 1yr caused by tooth extraction, hole in sinus closed now, no sinus symptoms. 2 failed ops. Still pus draining. Any ideas?

Infection present: Neutrophils or certain white blood cells are the first line of defense against infection. This makes up most of the pus you see. You most likely still have infection present. Whether it is from dying bone or residual tooth root, or a consistent draining from the sinus. I wouldn't be able to tell with out an x-ray. If you have pus draining it could be from another tooth. ...Read more

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How soon after tooth extraction do I need to get implants? My dentist is recommending dental implants, but i'm thinking about getting a bridge instead. If i change my mind, will i still be able to get implants later? Or do they need to go in soon after ex

How soon after tooth extraction do I need to get implants? My dentist is recommending dental implants, but i'm thinking about getting a bridge instead. If i change my mind, will i still be able to get implants later? Or do they need to go in soon after ex

Soon!: Hopefully, your dentist grafted the extraction site after your tooth was removed. If not, you might need to have a bone graft placed. It typically takes 3 months for a bone graft to "take", after which you can have a dental implant placed. Implants are the ideal option, and you won't regret the decision to have a dental implant placed. Seek the advice of a prosthodontist for specific info. ...Read more

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Tooth extraction, how long before teeth shift back?

Tooth extraction, how long before teeth shift back?

It varies widely!: Sometimes we see shifting in a matter of weeks or months, while other times it takes years. Every circumstance is different and we can't always predict what will happen nor when. Generally speaking, the sooner teeth are replaced the better. Your own dentist can probably give you a more accurate guess. ...Read more

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