The process of extracting, pulling, or removing a tooth is often completed when a tooth has been damaged to the point where it is beyond repair. This procedure is completed to remove the tooth from its socket. Our dental office is extremely selective about the extractions that we perform, and if we feel that a tooth is something that we cannot remove, we will refer you to an experienced oral surgeon.
Reasons to Pull the Teeth
Your permanent teeth were designed to last for your entire life, but there are several reasons in which you may need to undergo a tooth extraction:
What You Can Expect
A general dentist or an oral surgeon can perform a tooth extraction, and in our office, we work to make you as comfortable as possible for the procedure. Before your tooth is pulled, we will provide you with an injection of a local anesthetic so that the area where the tooth will be extracted is completely numb. If you need to have multiple teeth pulled, a strong general anesthetic may be required to prevent pain, and you will sleep throughout the procedure.
If your tooth is impacted, the process of pulling a tooth will be more complicated. Your dentist will cut the bone tissue and gum from around the tooth away, and then, the tooth will be grasped with forceps. Your dentist will gently rock the tooth back and forth so that it loosens from the ligaments and jaw bone that keep it in place. Extremely stubborn teeth might need to be extracted in pieces.
Post-Extraction Care Tips
Once your tooth has been extracted, you may experience several symptoms that require proper care.
If you have further questions, please give us a call.
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