To extract a tooth means to remove it from the mouth. Those reasons can be stress-related, untreated gum disease, or dental cavities. An infected tooth or teeth grinding can also be reasons for needing to extract a tooth.
Dental extraction is the process of removing teeth by various methods. It is most commonly done in order to:
Wisdom teeth might have to be removed, which is also considered a dental extraction. It’s common, safe and usually quick and painless. The surgical process can be done with or without general anesthesia depending on what you are most comfortable with. Sedation might be needed if your current teeth are also severely damaged or infected.
Tooth extraction is a pretty common procedure, performed 20 million times per year in the US alone. There are various reasons why a tooth extraction might be necessary, such as if your tooth is damaged or diseased to the point that it can’t be saved.
The tooth extraction procedure can be completed in 3 to 5 days. During the procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then use a hand instrument to remove the tooth from the surrounding bone.
It is not uncommon to have multiple teeth extracted during one procedure. While this is rare, it can sometimes be the only option for people with severe tooth decay.
Teeth can be extracted in order to prevent further damage to the mouth and other parts of the body. This is because when teeth are no longer in good condition, they can cause infections and discomfort in other areas. A dentist will remove the tooth after numbing it with with a local anesthetic.
With modern medications and techniques, anxiety can be easily managed in a dental setting. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as a way to help our anxious patients feel a little more comfortable. Please let us know if you would like this added to your service in our office!
You shouldn’t experience any pain during the extraction but may feel slight pressure as the tooth is being loosened and removed.
Once a tooth is removed, many people are left searching for a way to fill the space. Their options for replacing that missing tooth are: wearing a partial denture, using a bridge anchored by the
surrounding teeth, or getting an implant at the site of the removed tooth. Some of these options may or may not work for you depending on the situation. Ask your dentist about what options are available for you after your extraction.
Missing teeth can be restored through a variety of dental procedures, for instance by wearing a partial denture or using a bridge anchored by the surrounding teeth.
No matter what treatments you choose or receive, we will make sure you have a good experience during the process.