Learn more about tooth extractions, removal and dental surgery before making an appointment.
About dental surgery & extractions
Extractions are done when a tooth has an unfavorable prognosis, is causing pain, or is causing problems to your overall oral health. This is a procedure that is commonly carried out by dentists, or dental specialists.
There are various incidents that can lead you to consider having an extraction. These include:
Teeth that have become loose as a result of gum disease.
A tooth that is very damaged, including one that has cracked or has a large amount of decay.
Having a few extra teeth which in turn affect the growth of other teeth.
Getting fitted for braces may require tooth extraction so that there is room for the teeth which are being moved.
Wisdom teeth which are impacted or erupted, but causing pain. When impacted, you may experience significant pain, swelling of the gum and inflammation.
Preparing for Extraction
To firmly determine whether an extraction is necessary, your dentist will begin by taking a x-ray just like during your general routine dental visits. The x-ray will allow the dentist to see your teeth and any problems the teeth may have.
The Procedure for an Extraction
To begin with, the dentist or the dental surgeon will give you a local anesthetic to make you comfortable during the procedure. In some cases, general anesthetic may be used if the procedure is lengthy, or if the patient is a little uneasy. The patient may feel pressure, if pain is felt inform your doctor.
Once the tooth is removed, you may experience some bleeding. Usually, you will be asked to bite down gently on a cotton gauze which is positioned over the wound. In a short time, this will help to curb further bleeding. Bleeding/Oozing is normal for about 24 hrs. If bleeding is uncontrollable, call your dentist. If they are not available contact your local Emergency room or 911. Follow all post-op instructions given to you by the office to ensure a quick and safe healing period.