Tooth Extraction

One of the most common procedures a dentist performs today is a tooth extraction. Even though this is the most common procedure performed, dentists use tooth extraction as a last resort when no other treatment is viable. Although it may sound unpleasant, tooth extraction is often the only option available in taking care of a problematic tooth and is a painless procedure when performed by a professional dentist.

There may be several reasons that a dentist needs to perform a tooth extraction. If a tooth is causing problematic crowding for the surrounding teeth, it may have to be extracted in order to provide ample room for the other teeth to grow. In advanced stages of gum disease, a tooth extraction may be necessary to allow the dentist access to the infected area so it may be cleaned out to prevent the infection from spreading. If a cavity is bad enough, it can weaken the entire tooth's structure. A tooth extraction can prevent the tooth from shattering and causing unnecessary pain later.

To begin the extraction procedure, your dentist will first administer a local anesthetic, which will numb the affected area so the extraction will be painless. After you are numb and comfortable, the dentist will then use a tool to gently loosen the tooth. The dentist will then use a separate tool to grasp the tooth and remove it. This is known as a 'simple extraction' and is the most common tooth extraction procedure.

Many times, individuals suffer from problems with their wisdom teeth, which cannot be removed by simple extraction methods. This may require a surgical method where the dentist will open the gum tissue in order to either cut the affected tooth into smaller pieces, or remove some of the surrounding bone in order to efficiently remove the entire tooth. Stitches may be required after a surgical extraction. Your dentist will provide you with complete instructions on how to care for them.

As with both types of extractions, you may feel a little pressure, but no noticeable pain. If you do feel pain, tell your dentist and he will administer more anesthetic. The recovery period for either type of extraction is not long, and is usually only a few days.

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