What is meant when we say tooth extraction? By definition, it is a dental procedure being done when a tooth or when teeth are being removed from its socket or what we call the dental alveolus.
Children would often experience this procedure because their teeth are still growing and the temporary ones are being replaced with permanents. This is a different case for teens and adults because when this procedure is done, it mean that it is caused by other dental problems.
As mentioned, while growing up, temporary teeth is replaced with permanent ones. Once this happens, these teeth should then last for a lifetime unless dental problems arises and the extraction becomes a need. There are different solutions available for different dental problems but there will be instances when the condition is worst, such as too decayed or damage, that your dentist will be left with no choice except extract the teeth from its socket such as the below examples.
Crowded Mouth. When there is too many teeth in the mouth and there isn’t enough room for the rest of the teeth to move, there is a process called orthodontia which will require the dentist to extract some of the teeth to make way for the rest of the teeth to be aligned properly.
Solution to Periodontal Disease. Tooth extraction also happens when a person experiences periodontal disease. In most cases in mild or moderate periodontitis (gum disease), they can be saved. Only in advance (late) stage of the condition, teeth need to be pulled. Aside from loosening of the teeth, gingivitis is another sign of this disease.
To prevent further infection. There are instances when the tooth is damaged due to tooth decay. When this happens and the center of the tooth where the nerves and the blood vessels are impacted then it will lead to tooth infection. During the initial stage of the infection, a root canal procedure can be done but when the infection is severe, tooth extraction is the only way to go to keep the infection from spreading to the rest of the teeth.
To help an impacted tooth. An impacted tooth happens, most often than not with a person’s wisdom tooth. When the wisdom tooth erupts and it is impacted, either there is a block that prevents the teeth from erupting or the gums did not fully erupt which then keeps the teeth from coming out. When this happens, the dentist will then require a tooth extraction so that the impacted tooth can freely come out.
Another scenario that often requires tooth extraction is during an accident. If the accident caused damage to the teeth, the dentist will proceed with the needed treatment to preserve the patient’s tooth / teeth but if the current condition is dreadful and the teeth becomes unsaveable, then the dentist will proceed with the extraction.
What to Expect During Tooth Extraction
Contrary to popular belief, tooth extraction is not a frightening process. Most often than not it is just a quick procedure that will not entail pain.
First step in this procedure is when your dentist gives you a local anesthesia to make your mouth numb that will keep you from feeling any discomfort or pain during the extraction. If it happens that your tooth is severely impacted or more than 1 or 2 teeth needs to be removed, then your dentist might opt to give you general anesthesia to let you sleep during the process.
Once the anesthesia kicks in, your dentist will then proceed to extract the tooth/teeth. Due to the anesthesia that has been applied, you will not feel any pain but you will feel the pressure, without any pain or discomfort, when the teeth is being pulled out.
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Once the tooth/teeth is pulled out, your dentist will place a gauze on the empty tooth socket with you biting it down to keep it from bleeding.
Once the extraction is completed and the bleeding has stopped, you can then go home.
How Long Does The Extraction Take?
When only one tooth needs to be extracted, you can expect that the procedure will only last between 20-40 minutes, otherwise, more time will be spent in the dental office for multiple extractions.