A dental extraction is the procedure of removing a damaged tooth that is beyond repair. There are common reasons why we recommend tooth extraction.
- There is severe tooth decay or infection.
- Advanced gum disease that requires a tooth to be removed, so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth.
- A tooth may be extracted if it blocks other teeth from erupting into place.
- During orthodontic work, some teeth may need to be extracted to create room for proper alignment.
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted due to impaction but most commonly because of lack of space in the mouth.
What to expect
Anesthetic is administered to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you may feel the pressure of the tooth being removed but should not feel pain.
A gauze pad is placed on the treatment site immediately after the tooth extraction to stop the bleeding. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and usually stops after the 24 hour period. Follow our instructions on how often to change the gauze, and other post-procedure steps.
It is important to decide if you want to replace the tooth being removed. There are several different options of teeth replacement, and we can recommend the best long term option for you