A tooth extraction is necessary when a tooth is damaged beyond repair.
Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair the tooth
- Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting bone, tissues, and adjacent of your mouth
- A baby tooth may need to be extracted if it is blocking the permanent tooth from coming in
- During orthodontic work (Invisalign and braces), teeth may need to be extracted to create room in the arch for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either to prevent or solve problems
What to expect
Your dentist will first administer local anesthetic to numb the area. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but you will not feel pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, there are “laughing gas” and oral sedation options available to make your experience an easier one.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and a few pieces of sterile gauze will be placed onto the extraction site. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.