If a tooth is non-restorable, it may require an extraction. A tooth extraction is simply the removal of one or more problematic teeth from the mouth.
How do I know if I need a tooth extracted?
Tooth extractions may be needed due to dental trauma, severely decayed or broken down teeth or even to make space for orthodontic treatment.
How will the dentist extract my tooth?
During an extraction, your dentist will first numb the nerve and gums around the tooth. After the site is effectively numbed, the dentist will use a dental instrument called an elevator to elevate the tooth from the socket. After it loosens up from elevating, the dentist will use forceps to grip and remove the tooth.
Will my mouth hurt after the extraction?
After the extraction, you may feel soreness around the area. Ice packs and over-the-counter medication will help reduce pain and swelling. It is also important to eat soft foods and not use excessive force around the area while brushing. This can open up the blood clot formed after the extraction. Your dentist will review post-operative instructions with you before you leave your appointment.
If you have a tooth that you believe requires an extraction, give us a call today and we would be happy to schedule a consultation!