Damaged, infected, or severely decaying teeth that cannot be repaired with other routine dental procedures such as root canals, fillings, or crowns may need to be completely removed. This procedure is professionally known as extraction, but it’s also commonly referred to as pulling a tooth.
Tooth extraction involves removing a tooth in its entirety from the socket in the jawbone. The procedure is very common and also very safe, and if you require one, you’re in great, caring hands at Spring Dental Arts.
There are two kinds of dental extractions—simple and surgical. Both of these procedures should be painless for the patient, even under local anesthetic. The only sensation you can expect to feel is pressure.
In a simple extraction procedure, usually only local anesthetic is enough to numb the area that will be worked on so the patient cannot feel anything. The tooth will be gently loosened with a tool called an elevator, and then removed with forceps.
A surgical extraction procedure is a bit more complex and sometimes requires general anesthesia to the patient to sleep. These extractions are necessary for teeth that have not yet broken through the gums or have broken at the gum line. An incision is made in the gums, and sometimes into the bone tissue to remove the tooth, which may be extracted in one piece or cut into smaller, more easily removable parts.
With any dental procedure, it’s important to follow the aftercare instructions given by your dentist.