In the event that it becomes necessary to extract a tooth, your dentist will first take an x-ray to determine the best way to remove the tooth. This is often the case when a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, and the damage cannot be repaired with a filling or a crown. A tooth is also extracted when it becomes very loose and cannot be saved with bone replacement surgery.
Here are some other cases that may require a dental extraction:
- When extra teeth are present that block other teeth from coming in.
- When baby teeth don’t fall out in time to allow the permanent teeth to come in.
- When a tooth prohibits braces from moving other teeth into alignment.
The dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic before removing the tooth. If the extraction is more complex or if you’re having multiple teeth extraction, your dentist may also use a strong general anesthetic, which will prevent pain and most likely make you sleep during the procedure.
Tooth extraction is generally a very safe procedure. Afterward, it’s important to follow your dentist’s directions and take all painkillers as prescribed. It’s normal to feel some pain after the anesthesia wears off and to experience some swelling and minor bleeding. If these conditions persist, give us a call right away.
After every effort is made to save a tooth, extraction may be the solution to a badly decayed tooth. If you’re experiencing a toothache, make an appointment right away.