If you are facing a tooth extraction, it can seem a little daunting and nerve-wracking. But did you know that tooth extraction is a fairly standard dental procedure? This article will discuss tooth extraction and what you need to know.
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If you are facing a tooth extraction, it can seem a little daunting and nerve-wracking. But did you know that tooth extraction is a relatively standard dental procedure?
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Take a look at our what’s-what guide on tooth extraction to help you prepare for your upcoming procedure.
When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary? In many cases, you can repair teeth that are broken or damaged by decay with a filling, crown, or other dental treatment. Sometimes, though, the damage is too severe to repair, so your dentist will recommend extraction. Here are some other reasons tooth extraction might be necessary: Decay or infection has reached deep into the tooth Trauma or injury There isn’t enough room for all the teeth in your mouth Baby teeth don’t fall out in time for the permanent teeth to come in Orthodontic treatment might require tooth extraction to create room for the teeth as they move into place Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are often extracted either before or after they come in Preparation Before removing a tooth, your dentist will thoroughly review your medical and dental history and take the appropriate X-rays. X-rays reveal the length, shape, and position of the tooth and surrounding bone.
From this information, your dentist can determine the best way to remove the tooth or whether to refer you to an oral surgeon. Before removal during a simple extraction, they will numb the area around your tooth using local anaesthetic. However, during a more complicated removal, called a surgical extraction, your oral surgeon might administer intravenous (IV) anaesthesia, which can range from conscious sedation to general anaesthesia, which will put you to sleep. If this is the case, arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure and stay with you until the effects wear off.