A dental extraction is a procedure performed in order to remove a tooth from your mouth. Extractions are most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair.
Why is it done?
- Substantial decay or infection in the tooth may make it impossible to repair
- Advanced gum disease could negatively impact the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth, so a tooth may need to be pulled to avoid this
- If a tooth is blocking other teeth from coming in or room needs to be created for orthodontic work
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
How is it done?
Your Waltham dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area where the extraction is taking place, in order to reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Simple extractions can be completed fairly quickly with dental hand instruments. More difficult extractions are referred to as "surgical extractions" because the tooth will have to be sectioned into smaller pieces or some bone may need to be removed around the tooth.
Immediately after the procedure, a small amount of bleeding is normal and a patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your Waltham dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps you should follow.
Replacing a Missing Tooth:
You need to be aware of the importance of replacing this missing tooth. Why? Once a tooth is removed, the space created by the missing tooth will allow the surrounding teeth to shift into that space. This shift could cause a misalignment in your mouth that can result in chewing or jaw-joint problems. These shifted teeth are harder to clean, making them more susceptible to gum disease, decay or even additional tooth loss.For these reasons, it's important to replace the tooth with a dental appliance such as a bridge, a removable partial denture or a dental implant.
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