A dental extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. This procedure is typically only utilized as a last resort, where all other forms of repair have been exhausted. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
What to expect:
Dr. Houman Dehdashti will first administer anesthetic to numb the area around the removal site and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, the pressure of the tooth being removed will be felt, but you will not feel any pain. Typically, the entire process only takes a matter of minutes.
Immediately following the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal, and a patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. Expect minimal bleeding for the next 24 hours or so, and for it to taper off after that. Important instructions on when to change the gauze and what to eat will be gone over with you before you leave the office that day.
For more information on, or to see if a tooth extraction may be the best form of treatment for you- please call (941) 624-0990 to make an appointment at our Port Charlotte FL office today.