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Should I Wait Three Weeks to Get My Tooth Extracted?

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I have a fractured tooth that also now has an abscess. I’m supposed to have it extracted in three weeks and get it replaced with a dental implant but the abscess is really bothering me. I’m in so much pain and my face is swollen. I tried to get them to move up the appointment but they said that I need to wait. Do I really need to wait that long? I’m miserable.


Dear Jim,

man holding his jaw in pain

If they have not given you a serious clinical reason for the delay, then there is no reason for you to wait to have this tooth extracted. My guess is you are dealing with an oral surgeon about this, though you have not said that so I could be wrong. I would tell your dentist you are in a lot of pain and need this tooth extracted sooner. If he or she is not open to doing it, then your dentist could always refer you to someone else.

You didn’t say which tooth it is, but given that you have an infected tooth, someone should be willing to provide you with an emergency dental appointment. If there is a clinical reason to delay, at the very least, they could provide you with antibiotics that will help keep the infection at bay while you await your treatment.

I don’t know if you were planning on having the oral surgeon place your dental implant or not, but it will be important that the dentist who is doing your dental implant treatment determine placement. See the dentist first, not the oral surgeon. Otherwise, you could end up with a problem.

I’m sorry you are going through this. I hope this helps you get some relief.
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