A dental extraction is the complete extraction of a tooth from the patient's mouth. An extraction is typically only used as a last resort when all other methods of saving the tooth have be 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:
Your Ithaca cosmetic dentist will first numb the area around the soon-to-be-extracted tooth to reduce discomfort. Following this, the tooth will be removed. You should only feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, and not any pain. The whole process typically only takes a few minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and a patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow provided post-op instructions on how often to change the gauze, what your diet should or should not include and more.
Have all other methods of relief been exhausted for your case and tooth extraction may be the only way to stop your pain? Call (607) 272-3433 or Click Here to schedule an appointment and discuss the procedure more with your Ithaca cosmetic dentist.