Occasionally a dentist or oral surgeon will need to extract or pull, an adult tooth. Reasons for extractions include extensive damage or decay, periodontal (gum) disease, infection or the risk of infection, or to prepare an over-crowded mouth for orthodontia. The removal of a tooth or teeth can lead to additional problems such as discomfort while chewing, issues directly affecting your jaw, and shifting teeth.
These things can impact your overall dental health. Premiere Dental will provide individualized treatment plans to identify any potential issues and will supply suggested follow-up procedures and possible alternatives to extraction.
How It Works
Before the extraction, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. If more than one tooth is to be extracted, or if a tooth is impacted, a mild general anesthetic may be given to prevent pain and put you to sleep.
To extract the tooth, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue covering the tooth. Then he or she will use forceps to work the tooth free from the jaw bone gently. Occasionally a tooth must be extracted in pieces.
Once the tooth is removed, a blood clot will form in the empty socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and ask you to bite down to help stop the bleeding. If the blood clot breaks loose, this can cause a painful condition called dry socket. In this case, the dentist will place a medicated gauze over the socket to keep it from becoming infected while a new clot is formed.
Our dentists will advise you on how to protect your extraction site from infection and speed healing. It is important to follow these instructions. Painkillers, ice, gauze pads, proper care, and plenty of rest will help your mouth heal as quickly as possible.