A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth due to disease, crowding or trauma. An extraction may be needed for resolving various dental problems when it becomes difficult to restore or maintain them. Your dentist may suggest extracting a tooth to improve the overall health of your oral cavity. Various issues that may need routine teeth extractions include:
One or more teeth may be extracted as a part of the treatment. Your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with local or general anesthesia, loosen it and extract it from the mouth with dental tools. Sometimes, the surrounding bone may have to be removed for making the process of tooth extraction easier. After the tooth is removed, your dentist may suture and place a gauze pad to stop bleeding. The loss of a tooth may affect the function of the surrounding teeth, thus your dentist may replace the extracted tooth with a dental bridge, implant or partial denture.
Following the procedure, you may experience soreness, pain and inflammation. Your dentist will prescribe medications to relieve your discomfort. You should avoid disturbing the blood clot within the socket to prevent a painful condition called a ‘dry socket’. The site of the tooth extraction takes a few weeks to heal.