Tooth extraction is a procedure that is performed by your dentist or by an oral surgeon to remove a tooth from its socket.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extraction is a procedure that is performed by your dentist or by an oral surgeon to remove a tooth from its socket. A simple extraction is performed when the tooth can easily be seen by the dentist. If the tooth is broken or has not ruptured through the gums, then a surgical process is used to remove the tooth. Various types of anesthetics can be used so that you’re comfortable during the procedure.
Why do you need a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth will usually need to be extracted if it’s infected or abscessed. If there are extra teeth trying to come through and no room in your mouth, then these teeth are usually extracted. An example would be your wisdom teeth. Broken or damaged teeth that can’t be saved by other means would be a reason for extraction. If you’re getting braces, a tooth or multiple teeth might need to be extracted so that your other teeth can align properly.
What makes you a good candidate for Tooth Extraction?
You should be in good health overall. If there is an infection in or around your tooth, then you should take antibiotics beforehand to prevent the spread of the infection and to clear it from your mouth. You would be a good candidate if you understand all of your options and know that extraction is likely the best solution. Another factor that would make you a good candidate is having other teeth that are healthy.
What happens during the procedure for Tooth Extraction?
When you arrive at the office, the dentist will examine your teeth to determine their condition. An anesthetic will be injected into your gums so that you don’t feel anything that happens. You can also request other forms of anesthetics, such as nitrous oxide. A tool called an elevator is placed around your tooth. Your dentist will gently move the elevator around to loosen the tooth. Forceps are then used to pull the tooth from its socket before the area is cleaned.
Contact our office at (330) 877-9935 to learn more about tooth extraction and why it might be needed.