A dental extraction is a procedure utilized to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if a tooth is damaged beyond practical repair. 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 require a tooth to be pulled to prevent it from affecting 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 dentist will first administer an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but you will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of 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, but it should taper off after that. Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.