While keeping teeth is generally preferable for oral health, tooth removal — or extraction — is sometimes necessary for a variety of reasons.
Some of these reasons include:
- Severe cavities
- Gum disease
- Wisdom teeth complications
- Preparation for orthodontic work
- Preparation for dentures or implants
- Baby teeth not falling out on their own
The Extraction Procedure
Our family dentist will start with a local anesthetic to numb the extraction area. To minimize anxiety, nitrous oxide may also be offered.
Once numb, the extraction will begin. You should not feel any pain, but you will feel pressure against the tooth. Following the extraction, gauze will be placed over the site to control bleeding.