A tooth extraction is a relatively common procedure, with 20 million performed each year in the U.S. alone. Occasionally, a tooth extraction may be considered if a tooth is damaged or diseased to the point that it cannot be saved. This often occurs when the protection of the tooth has been compromised due to trauma or growing up in a mouth with large spaces between teeth.
The tooth extraction procedure can be completed in 3 to 5 days. During the procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth and then use a hand instrument to break and remove it from its socket. The dentist may also need to cut gum tissue and muscle for access.
It is not uncommon to have multiple teeth extracted during one procedure. While this is rare, it can sometimes be the only option for people with severe tooth decay.
Teeth can be extracted in order to prevent further damage to the mouth and other parts of the body. This is because when teeth are no longer in good condition, they can cause infections and discomfort in other areas. A dentist will remove the tooth after numbing it with a local anesthetic, such as Novocaine.
You shouldn’t experience any pain during the extraction but may feel slight pressure as the tooth is being loosened and removed.
Options After An Extraction
Once a tooth is removed, the options for replacing that missing tooth are: wearing a partial denture, using a bridge anchored by the surrounding teeth, or getting an implant at the site of the removed tooth.
Missing teeth can be restored through a variety of dental procedures, for instance by wearing a partial denture or using a bridge anchored by the surrounding teeth.
Dental procedures are necessary when teeth are lost or damaged beyond repair. It is possible to restore even missing teeth with the help of bridges, partial dentures, extractions, and dental implants.
We are able to provide you with all of these treatment options and whichever treatments you receive, we will make sure you have a good experience during the process.