Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the jaw bone. When getting a tooth pulled, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area. General anesthesia may be used if multiple teeth are being pulled.
Tooth extraction may be necessary in a variety of situations including:
- A broken tooth
- Sometimes trauma to a tooth is so severe that it can not be repaired or saved. In this instance, the tooth must be extracted.
- A tooth that is severely damaged by decay - When a root canal is not sufficient to repair the damage to a tooth's pulp, pulling the tooth may be the only option.
- The mouth is too crowded/Orthodontia
- This is a common tactic when fixing the alignment of teeth. If your mouth is overcrowded, then proper alignment will not be possible. Additionally, if a new tooth has no space to come up through the gum, a tooth extraction may be necessary.
- Infection or risk of infection
- In this case, an at risk tooth may be preemptively pulled in order to prevent a potential infection that could complicate another condition or treatment, such as chemotherapy or an organ transplant.
Once we have removed the problematic tooth, be sure to ask about our dental implants, to revitalize your smile and give you your confidence back.