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