Tooth extractions are incredibly common in the dental industry and can occur for a variety of reasons. The point of extracting a tooth is to remove it in the hopes of preventing infection or further dental and oral-related problems. The dentist will perform an exam as well as series of x-rays to see if you need to have an extraction performed.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves fully removing a specific tooth. The reason for which a tooth needs to be removed varies from one patient to another. Some patients need to have a tooth extracted because it has decayed past the point of being saved while others may simply need an extraction because it will help to save them from future pain and problems, as is such when having your wisdom teeth removed.
When is an Extraction needed?
A thorough examination and series of x-rays will need to be taken prior to having a tooth extracted. However, some of the most common reasons for having a tooth removed include:
- The tooth has decayed past the point of being able to be saved
- The tooth is in the way of other teeth (severe overcrowding)
- The tooth is in an area of the mouth where bone loss is present
- The tooth could cause problems in the future (wisdom teeth)
What to expect with the procedure
Tooth extractions are done easily and quickly in the office. First, the area will be numbed for your comfort and a series of instruments are used to carefully remove the tooth from the mouth. You should not feel any pain, however you may feel intense pressure during the procedure due to the dentist having to rock the tooth out of the socket. Once the tooth has been removed the area will be thoroughly cleaned and gauze is placed on top of the area to stop any bleeding and in some cases, sutures may be used to seal the wound. You will go home with informative aftercare instructions that should be followed to ensure proper healing. A followup appointment will be made to ensure the area has healed properly.
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