Extractions are simply the removal of an unnecessary or extremely decayed tooth. A dental extraction is most commonly required when teeth are damaged or decayed beyond repair. Other reasons include necessary removal during orthodontic work in order to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place. A tooth may also be removed if it is blocking other teeth from coming in properly, while wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in so that they do not disrupt or overcrowd existing adult teeth.
What to expect
In order to reduce any pain or discomfort, the dentist will first administer a local anesthetic to numb the area before extracting the tooth. The actual removal of the tooth should only take a few minutes. During the procedure, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed; however, there will not be any pain.
Immediately following the extraction, a small amount of bleeding over the next 24 hours is to be expected. Your Antioch dentist will place a patch of gauze in order to control the bleeding. Make sure to follow your dentist’s instructions on how often to change the gauze and other important post-procedural information.