Tooth Extraction

Paola Family Dentistry -  - Family Dentist

Travis Howard, D.D.S.

Family Dentist located in Miami County, Paola, KS

Tooth Extraction
Having a tooth pulled is sometimes necessary. Dr. Travis Howard offers the best in care for tooth extractions at Paola Family Dentistry in Paola, Miami County, Kansas.

Tooth Extraction Q & A

by Travis Howard, D.D.S.

What are the reasons for pulling teeth?

Even though permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are sometimes reasons they will need to be extracted. Some of the more common reasons for tooth extraction involve a tooth that is extremely damaged from trauma or decay that cannot be repaired. Other reasons include:

  • A crowded mouth - Sometimes dentists perform extractions to properly align the teeth. Tooth extraction can also be performed if a tooth cannot break through the gum because there is not room in the mouth for it.
  • Infection - If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, bacteria in the mouth can enter the pulp, leading to infection. Extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.
  • Periodontal (Gum) Disease - If periodontal disease causes loosening of the teeth, it may be necessary to the pull the tooth or teeth.

What to expect with tooth extraction?

Before the actual extraction of a tooth begins, a local anesthetic will be injected into the area to numb it. If more than one tooth needs to be pulled, it may be necessary for a stronger anesthetic to be administered. In either case, it will numb the pain and allow you to sleep through the procedure. If the tooth is impacted, the first step is to cut away any gum and bone tissue that’s covering the tooth. Afterward, the tooth is grabbed using forceps and gently rocked back and forth until it is loosened. Only after the tooth becomes loose from the jaw bone and ligaments holding it will it be extracted. Often when a tooth is hard-to-pull, it must be removed in pieces. After any tooth is pulled, the extraction site will be packed with gauze to stop any bleeding. You will be given instructions to follow after the procedure to ensure proper healing.

Do I need to prepare before a tooth extraction?

Before having a tooth pulled, you should let your dentist know your complete medical history, the medications and supplements you take, and if you have one of the following:

  • Damaged or man-made heart valves
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Impaired immune system
  • Liver disease (cirrhosis)
  • Artificial joint, such as a hip replacement
  • History of bacterial endocarditis
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