What is an Extraction?

A very common reason to have an extraction, involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reason include: a crowded mouth, unneeded teeth or to prevent an infection. Extractions are required to promote dental health, a necessary treatment before an orthodontic procedure such as braces, or for a dental implant procedure.

Before the the tooth is removed, the area surrounding the tooth will be anesthetized in order to numb the area. Once the region around the tooth is fully numb, the tooth is loosened first, then extracted. Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Stitches may be required to enclose the wound. In most cases, the recovery period lasts only a few days. The following will help speed recovery

Tooth Extraction
Dental Extraction

Why is an Extraction Needed?

Extraction can be determined to be necessary for a number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted for the following reasons:

  • Teeth are severely damaged
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Broken teeth, far off from repair
  • Poorly positioned tooth in the mouth (such as impacted teeth)
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Discomfort in chewing ability
  • Jaw joint problems and discomfort
  • Shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health

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