When it becomes necessary to extract teeth, we will first take an x-ray of your mouth to determine the best way to remove the tooth. It becomes necessary when a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, and the damage cannot be repaired with a filling or a crown. Teeth that become very loose and cannot be saved with bone replacement surgery must also be removed.
Here are some other scenarios that may require a dental extraction:
- Extra teeth preventing other teeth from coming in properly
- Permanent teeth coming in before baby teeth have fallen out
- Tooth keeping braces from moving other teeth into alignment
When it’s time for the procedure, we 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 extracted, we may also use a strong general anesthetic, which will prevent pain and most likely put you to sleep for the procedure.
Extracting teeth is generally a very safe procedure, but it’s important to follow your dentist’s directions and take all painkillers as prescribed afterwards. It’s normal to feel some pain after the anesthesia wears off, and to experience some swelling and minor bleeding. If these conditions persist beyond a few days, give us a call right away.
If every effort has already been made to save a tooth, and the methods have not achieved the ideal results, extracting the tooth may be the only option. If you’re experiencing a toothache, make an appointment right away.