A dental extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth.
A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged by trauma or decay and beyond practical repair.
Reasons for extraction:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Advanced gum disease, or periodontal disease, may require a tooth to be pulled because it is an infection of the tissues and bones that surround and support the teeth.
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in.
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted as well.
- Your dentist will apply topical gel to ease the potential discomfort of administering anesthetic in order to numb the area and reduce discomfort.
- You will feel a slight pressure during the extraction but no pain
- The dentist uses special tools to grasp the tooth and gently rock the tooth in order to loosen it and this allows for the tooth to be extracted.
Always be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions on how to care for the extraction site after the procedure and how often to change the gauze.