The thought of having a tooth extracted does not always come with pleasant connotations. Even the common phrase, “It’s like pulling a tooth,” makes the experience sound awful. However, with modern dental advancements, tooth removal is no longer difficult or painful. There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed. A few of these include:
- Orthodontic treatment, to create more space in the mouth
- To remove an extra, unnecessary tooth
- Severe injury or trauma
- Advanced gum disease
- Severe tooth decay
- A tooth is compromised by chemotherapy or radiation treatment
Before the Procedure
The first step in confirming that you are in need of a tooth extraction is a consultation with your Avalon dentist to evaluate the severity of the situation. A toothache or tooth pain does not always mean that the removal of a tooth is necessary.
How a Tooth is Removed
Before beginning the procedure, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area. Gum tissue that may be covering the tooth will be moved aside so that your dentist can grip the tooth with a special extraction tool. Next he will gently wiggle the tooth in different directions to free it from the ligaments and jawbone that keep it in place. Difficulty with the tooth or teeth removal process may cause the tooth to break; but in this situation the dentist would simply remove the tooth in several pieces. During regular or wisdom tooth extraction patients feel some pressure, but no pain.
After the Procedure
After the procedure is complete, a bit of dental gauze will be placed into the newly-formed gap or socket to diminish any bleeding. Depending on the situation, stitches may be necessary. Self-dissolving stitches are commonly used for the convenience of the patient.