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.
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:
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.
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: