What To Expect When Having Teeth Extracted

dental procedureTypically, a dentist will only perform tooth extraction after performing dental x-rays. The procedures involved in how the dentist pull the teeth out is based on the condition of the patient’s teeth. The extraction of teeth is mostly performed when salvaging the tooth is no longer an option. Although most dentists prefer to fix the damaged tooth with fillings, in some cases extraction is the only option.

Why Dentist Pull Out Teeth

Tooth removal is normally performed by a dentist because:

  • Tooth Decay
  • Infections
  • Wisdom Teeth

How Dentist Pull Out Teeth

The process of pulling out the teeth is a delicate task that needs to be performed by a dentist with the proper training and experience.

tooth extractingTypically, prior to having your teeth pulled out the dentist will use an injection or gel to numb the area directly adjacent to the affected tooth. This is to remove the element of pain for the patient. They will then use several instruments to methodically remove the tooth. Normally, they will grasp the tooth using a pair of forceps. With a firm grasp, they will wiggle the tooth back and forth until it has loosened. This is done gently to avoid interfering with the blood vessels around the jaw so as to minimize excessive bleeding. Once the tooth has been removed, they try to minimize bleeding by inserting gauze and then instructing the patient to bite down. In some instances, the dentist will be required to stitch up the gums, most commonly when the tooth is not being replaced.

After tooth extraction, patients can experience different types of side effects the most common being pain due to what is know as dry socket. The experience of the dry socket pain is normal after tooth extraction. This pain is not an indication of complications from the procedure. The most important thing to remember is that the dentist always has your health and well-being in mind.