When Might You Need a Tooth Extracted? A Guide to Understanding the Procedure

Posted by Healing Wings Dental May 27,2023

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Do you experience tooth pain or discomfort that just won't go away? Maybe your dentist has suggested a tooth extraction as the solution. While the thought of having a tooth pulled can be daunting, it's important to understand when and why this procedure may be necessary. In this guide, we'll explore common reasons for tooth extractions and what to expect during the process. Say goodbye to dental anxiety and hello to a healthier smile!

What is a Tooth Extraction?

A tooth extraction is a dental procedure in which a tooth is removed from the mouth. It is also sometimes called tooth pulling or teeth pulling. The most common reason for tooth extraction is when a tooth is too damaged to be repaired. Extraction may also be necessary if a tooth is impacted (stuck under the gum line), crowding other teeth or causing pain.

Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are a few reasons why your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction. The most common reason is when the tooth is too damaged to be repaired. This could be from decay, an injury, or advanced gum disease. Other reasons for tooth extraction include:

  • To make room for orthodontic treatment
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Teeth that are severely overcrowded

No matter what the reason, your dentist will only recommend tooth extraction if it is absolutely necessary. They will always try to save your natural teeth whenever possible.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

When you come in for a tooth extraction, the first thing we'll do is take an x-ray of the tooth to be sure that it's the best course of action. If we determine that an extraction is necessary, we'll numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Once you're numb, we'll use a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then extract it with forceps. In some cases, we may need to make small cuts in the gum tissue to remove the tooth. After your tooth has been extracted, we'll place gauze at the extraction site to help stop any bleeding. You may experience some discomfort and swelling after your procedure, but this can be alleviated with pain medication. It's important to follow all of our post-operative instructions to ensure a speedy and successful recovery!

Aftercare Instructions

If your dentist tells you that you need a tooth extracted, it can be a daunting experience. But understanding more about the procedure can help ease your anxiety. Here are some things to expect before and after having a tooth pulled. 

Before having a tooth extracted, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia. This will help ensure that you don't feel any pain during the procedure. In some cases, your dentist may also recommend sedation to help you relax. 

After your tooth has been extracted, it's important to follow your dentist's aftercare instructions. This includes avoiding strenuous activity for at least 24 hours and not smoking for at least 72 hours. You may also be asked to bite down on gauze to help stop any bleeding. 

You can expect some discomfort after having a tooth pulled. Your dentist can prescribe pain medication to help manage any pain you may experience. It's also normal to have some swelling around the extraction site. Applying an ice pack can help reduce swelling. 

If you have any questions or concerns about having a tooth extracted, be sure to talk to your dentist. They can answer any questions you may have and help put your mind at ease.

Schedule a visit with our team at the office of Healing Wings Dental at 4101 West Green Oaks Blvd Suite 317, Arlington 76016, or call (972) 213-0202. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

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