Though a tooth extraction is the last thing anyone wants to have done at the dentist office, sometimes, it is necessary to ensure the health of the remaining teeth. Severe tooth decay, an impacted wisdom tooth, crowded teeth, or failure of a baby tooth to fall out when it should are all reasons why an extraction would be needed.
More than one tooth can be extracted at once, though your dentist will determine whether or not that would be the best option. Sedation can be used, from a local anesthetic simply numbing the treated area to a general anesthetic that will leave you sedated for the duration of the procedure. A simple extraction is one performed on a tooth that is visible above the gum line. The tooth can be removed using forceps. If the problem lies deeper in the gums, a surgical extraction may be necessary, where an incision is made into the gum tissue in order to access the tooth. It can then be removed either by being pulled back and forth or broken into smaller pieces before being removed from the gums. Soluble sutures may be placed to close up the site.
You will receive instructions on post-extraction care, including how to treat the area, how to manage any pain or discomfort, approved foods to eat, and how to take prescribed medication, if any.
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