Tooth extraction is when a dentist removes a tooth from your mouth. Extractions are sometimes necessary when a tooth is severely decayed or infected. If a tooth is severely damaged, it may need to be extracted. Additionally, if a tooth is impacted (meaning it is stuck below the gum line or has not erupted), it may need to be extracted. Extractions can be performed on both adult and baby teeth. Other reasons for extraction include:
- Severe crowding
- Impacted wisdom teeth
When is a tooth extraction needed?
Tooth extraction may be needed for a number of reasons. The most common reason people need to have a tooth pulled is that the decay is too severe for a filling to fix the tooth. In this case, a small hole and decay are left on the tooth, causing pain and sensitivity. Tooth extraction may also be needed if the tooth is impacted, meaning it is blocked from erupting from the gum line. The tooth may also need to be pulled if there is not enough room in the mouth for it or if it is crowding other healthy teeth.
What happens during a tooth extraction?
The first thing we’ll do is administer a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. After the area is numb, we’ll remove the tooth. Our dentist may also need to shape the neighboring teeth to better support the dental bridge or denture that will replace the lost tooth.
Types of tooth extractions
When you have a tooth that is causing problems, your dentist may recommend having a tooth extraction. There are several types of tooth extractions. These can range from a simple extraction to more complex surgeries.
Aftercare following a tooth extraction
After your tooth extraction procedure, you can expect to see your dentist again in about one week. The dentist will examine your mouth to ensure that healing is progressing normally. Since your gums will be tender and swollen, your dentist may recommend rinsing with salt water every few hours.
If you wish to learn more about getting your tooth extracted, call us at (317) 552-2101 and schedule an appointment to visit our dental practice in Indianapolis, IN. We will be happy to help you further.