What Is An Extraction?

An extraction is a dental procedure that removes a tooth from the mouth. This is a very simple and routine procedure that may be needed in a variety of situations. No one likes getting a tooth pulled, but sometimes it is necessary in order to preserve the rest of your teeth or the aesthetics of your smile.

When Would I Need A Tooth Extraction?

The most common reason for a tooth extraction is due to wisdom teeth. These are your last set of molars that are known to grow into your gums in a haphazard manner, or wont fully grown in at all. If the molars erupt out of alignment, or they become stuck under your gums, it can cause all sorts of issues for your teeth, your gums, your bite, and your overall oral health.

An extraction is performed when a tooth becomes impacted because it is prevented from growing into its normal position in the mouth by gum tissue, bone or other teeth. Teeth may also be extracted to make more room in the mouth prior to straightening the remaining teeth (orthodontic treatment), because they are so badly positioned that straightening is impossible or to remove teeth that are so badly decayed or broken that they cannot be restored. Tooth extractions can usually be performed with local anesthesia.

Does it Hurt?

Tooth extractions can usually be performed with local anesthesia. When you have your tooth extracted, you won’t feel a thing. After the anesthesia wears off, you will feel some soreness when the tooth used to be. In some cases however, teeth may be extracted because they are damaged or decays, which can cause pain on daily basis. Having these teeth removed will actually alleviate pain in the long run.