Dental extraction is the term used to describe having a tooth pulled. It’s a relatively simple procedure that can make a big difference in your dental health.
Having one or more teeth pulled is a simple and straightforward process. An injection of numbing medication eliminates any chance of pain during the procedure, so there’s no need to feel anxious about coming in for an extraction.
If your tooth is fully or partially trapped within your gum tissue, a condition called impaction, the process to remove it may require making an incision into your gums to gain access to the tooth. This is commonly part of the process of extracting wisdom teeth, which are often firmly lodged in the back portion of your jaw bone.
There are numerous reasons you might need to have a tooth extracted. If your dentist feels that an extraction is the right course of action, you’ll receive all the details needed to make an informed decision about your care.
Some of the reasons dentists perform extractions include:
You’ll learn the pros and cons of each treatment option before making a decision on how to move forward.
You’ll receive full post-procedure instructions prior to your extraction. Adhering to these guidelines is a critical component of a safe and successful recovery process.
If you receive prescriptions to take after your extraction, be sure to fill them promptly and take your medication exactly as prescribed. If you smoke, make every effort to quit prior to your extraction to help your body heal properly.
You’ll likely have a piece of gauze in place to protect the empty tooth socket. Once you’re home, it’s important to avoid displacing the small blood clot that forms within the socket. Brush carefully, avoiding the extraction site, and rinse your mouth gently as needed.
Don’t choose hard or chewy foods that can damage your gum tissue while you’re healing, and don’t drink through a straw until the site heals fully.
If you experience any issues with your extraction site, especially signs of infection, call the office to determine if you need to make a return visit to see us. Online booking is also an option for less urgent dental care needs.