Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction involves the use of dental tools to remove a tooth from its place in your jaw. This procedure can be done in your dentist’s office or by an oral surgeon. If you are having several teeth removed at the same time, your dentist may ask you to have someone else drive you so that you can be sedated during the procedure.

Reasons for a Tooth Extraction

Trauma and injury may damage a tooth to the point that it cannot be saved. If you are preparing for orthodontic treatment, you may need to have one or more teeth removed due to crowding. Severe decay and dental abscesses are also reasons why you may need to have a tooth removed. If a root canal treatment is unlikely to save the tooth, your dentist may recommend removing it.

How Tooth Extractions Are Performed

Your dentist will apply a numbing ointment to your gums near the place where the tooth will be extracted. A local anesthetic is then injected into your gums to numb them and eliminate pain. The dentist will use small instruments to lift the tooth out of its socket. Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will make a few stitches to close the opening created by the extraction.

What to Expect After an Extraction Procedure

After you have a tooth extracted, plan to spend a few days resting. This helps your body to heal. Avoid using straws or eating foods that are chewy or hard. A soft diet of mashed potatoes, gelatin, applesauce, and yogurt will be easier on your mouth. After a few days, you should be able to return to your usual diet and activity level.

Advanced Dental Specialists are adept and experienced with tooth extractions.