Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged or otherwise problematic teeth, unfallen primary teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Although the procedure is performed in a dentist’s office, it is considered surgery. Teeth that are visible above the gum line and can be pulled with forceps are usually removed by simple extraction.  Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic.

At the time of surgery, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth or teeth to be extracted with a local anesthetic, specifically numbing the affected tooth or teeth, your jawbone, and the surrounding gums.

During the simple extraction process, it is common to feel a lot of pressure. The affected tooth is firmly rocked back and forth so as to loosen it for removal. You should not feel any pain, just pressure. It will only take about half an hour of your time.

 

Do I need a tooth extraction?

Only your dentist can tell you if you need a tooth extraction. However, you may be a candidate for the procedure if one or more of your teeth are decayed so severely that a filling or other restoration is not a possibility for treatment.

Long-term consequences of extracted teeth

  • Teeth movement
  • Bone loss
  • Overcrowding of teeth leading to difficulty in cleaning
  • More dental caries prone
  • Poor nutrition from difficulty chewing
  • Speech interference
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Psychological Impact
  • Facial support /Change in appearance
  • Chronic pain from misaligned teeth
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