Even though most people work hard to protect their teeth, sometimes, a tooth will have to be extracted, which in layman’s terms means it will have to be removed. Most of the time, having a tooth extracted is a routine procedure that is easy to achieve.
Common Reasons for Tooth Extractions
A list of problems can lead to needing to have a tooth extracted. Extraction can be necessary for children and adults in certain circumstances. Some of the most common reasons teeth have to be extracted include:
- The tooth has sustained some kind of irreparable trauma
- The tooth has decayed beyond the point where it can be repaired
- No room is available for wisdom teeth to come in or other teeth are being impacted by growing wisdom teeth
- Teeth must be removed due to overcrowding
- A baby tooth is not coming out on its own
The Tooth Extraction Process Explained
When a tooth must be extracted, the dentist will inject a numbing solution in the soft tissue with a syringe, give you nitrous oxide, or provide you with an oral sedative to prevent any pain during the procedure. The dentist will give the numbing agent time to fully kick in, and then they will use special tools to work the tooth loose and remove it. Once the tooth is taken out, you will be given gauze to bite down on to help encourage blood to clot in the opening. For large molars or wisdom teeth, your dentist may place a few stitches to keep the tissue closed so it will heal nicely.
Contact Us for an Appointment
If you suspect you have a tooth that needs to be extracted, it is important to seek a professional opinion immediately. Reach out to us at Peterson Park Dental for an appointment.