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Of American adults ages 35 to 44, 69 percent have lost at least one permanent tooth to decay, disease or injury, and by age 74, 26 percent have no remaining natural teeth. Now that you've got your thinking cap on, test your knowledge of how teeth are extracted and why.

What happens during a tooth extraction?

  • A tooth is restored.
  • A tooth is removed from its socket.
  • An artificial tooth is implanted.

Where are tooth sockets found?

  • inside the pulp cavity of the tooth
  • in the alveolar bone
  • in the crown of the tooth

What part of the tooth is embedded in a tooth socket?

  • the crown of a tooth
  • the root of a tooth
  • neither of the above

Which of the following is not a reason for a tooth extraction?

  • impacted wisdom teeth
  • a cracked or leaking filling
  • upcoming radiation treatment to the head or neck

What type of doctor specializes in tooth extractions?

  • endodontist
  • maxillofacial surgeon
  • periodontist

What is an impacted tooth?

  • a tooth that can't erupt because there is no space in the mouth
  • a tooth that has nerve damage
  • a tooth with an abscess

Where is a tooth located if it is full-bony impacted?

  • just below the gum line
  • partially stuck in the jaw bone
  • completely stuck in the jaw bone

Dry socket develops when the blood clot:

  • fails to form in the empty socket
  • becomes dislodged from the socket
  • both of the above

To avoid dry socket, what should you avoid while the extraction wound heals?

  • drinking through a straw
  • rinsing and spitting
  • both of the above

What temperature compress is recommended to help ease pain and swelling after an extraction?

  • cold, applied to the face or jaw
  • hot, applied to the face or jaw

What is the name of the tool dentists use to loosen a tooth for a simple extraction?

  • elevator
  • nippers
  • explorer

Which of these things may increase bleeding after your tooth extraction procedure?

  • lying down flat
  • being physically active
  • both of above

How long does it take the gum tissue to heal after a tooth extraction?

  • about 2 weeks
  • 3 to 4 weeks
  • 6 to 8 weeks

How long does it take the bone to heal after a tooth extraction?

  • about 2 months
  • 3 to 4 months
  • 6 to 8 months

True or false: Loss of gum tissue and bone is common in the area around a tooth extraction.

  • true
  • false

It's recommended that patients avoid all of the following activities in the first 24 hours after tooth extractions EXCEPT which?

  • rinsing and spitting
  • drinking hot liquids
  • drinking water

How many Americans undergo a tooth extraction every year?

  • 3 million
  • 6 million
  • more than 10 million

What are the two basic types of extractions?

  • scaling and surgical
  • simple and surgical
  • splint and surgical

What is the basic difference between a simple and a surgical tooth extraction?

  • the location of the tooth
  • the age of the patient
  • the presence of periodontal disease

What's the recipe for a warm salt-water rinse?

  • one-quarter teaspoon of salt dissolved in one cup (8 ounces) of water
  • one-half teaspoon of salt dissolved in one cup (8 ounces) of water
  • one teaspoon of salt dissolved in one cup (8 ounces) of water

In what percent of all tooth extractions does dry socket occur?

  • 1 to 2 percent
  • 3 to 4 percent
  • 6 to 8 percent