Tooth extraction is generally intended to solve another problem that exists within the mouth. Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, sometimes it doesn’t always pan out that way.
Reasons For Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions can help solve some of the following problems:
- Crowding. If your mouth is too crowded, causing teeth to move out of place, then pulling a tooth can help create more room.
- Infection. A severe infection can be kept from spreading with the extraction of the infected tooth.
- Risk of Infection. A weakened immune system can be reason enough to pull a tooth if there is a risk of infection in a specific tooth.
- Periodontal Disease. Periodontal disease can cause teeth to loosen as it affects the tissues around the teeth. As teeth loosen with this condition, extracting the teeth might be a necessary step.
What To Expect From A Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are performed in a dentist or oral surgeon’s office. Generally, patients can undergo the procedure with a local anesthetic to numb the mouth, and they will remain awake throughout. Only in specific circumstances will a patient need to take a general anesthetic that will put them to sleep for the procedure.
Once numb, your dentist will use a tool to loosen the tooth and remove it. If the tooth is impacted (or under the gums), the procedure is more involved and will require an incision in the gums to remove the tooth. When the incision is made, the tooth can then be removed. Sometimes an impacted tooth will also need to be cut into multiple pieces in order to extract it easier.