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Tooth Extractions

Getting a tooth removed, or extracted, is often used as a last resort in dentistry. Dentists try to make every effort to repair and restore your teeth before choosing to go to the tooth extraction route. But sometimes, there is just no way around it.

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Who needs a tooth extraction?

Tooth extractions may be needed for several reasons, although it is important to note that these reasons usually result after many other techniques have been used to save the tooth. Tooth extractions may be needed for:

Are there different types of tooth extractions?

Yes. There are two different types of tooth extractions – simple and surgical.

General dentists perform simple extractions. Local anesthetic is used (sometimes in conjunction with anti-anxiety medications or sedation, although it is not needed).

Surgical extractions are used for teeth that are not easily accessible in the mouth. This can be due to the teeth having broken off at the gum line or not fully erupting. These extractions require some sort of surgical procedure – like bone removal or lifting and folding back all or part of the gum tissue to expose the tooth for removal. Surgical extractions are performed with local anesthesia and/or conscious sedation. Some patients may require the use of general anesthesia.

What should I expect during a tooth extraction?

The dentist will take x-rays to get a better view of the teeth’s position. The dentist will then numb the area with local anesthesia for where the tooth will be extracted. From there the dentist will remove the tooth.

In some instances, stitches may be required after a tooth has been removed.

Gauze will be placed over the area to help clot the blood. There may be some swelling and discomfort after the tooth has been removed, but cold compresses can help decrease swelling. The use of ibuprofen can also help decrease any discomfort that you may have.

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