Tooth Extractions

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Tooth Extractions

Tooth extractions are performed for various reasons. If a tooth is badly damaged from trauma or decay, or if your mouth is crowded, an extraction is performed to remove any possibility of an infection or later complications.

Infections occur when the damage or decay extends into the pulp of the tooth where nerves and blood vessels are, leading to a root canal. If you have periodontal disease, the infected issue and bones surrounding the teeth can no longer support the tooth, resulting in the loosening of the teeth where an extraction might be necessary.

If a tooth cannot erupt because of overcrowding, it may be recommended to pull it. When trying to properly align your teeth, a dentist might recommend an extraction if there overcrowding in the mouth. Overcrowding is when your mouth is not big enough for all of your teeth, some teeth might be pulled so your teeth can align correctly.

When performing an extraction, the area is numbed using a local anesthetic. For impacted teeth, gum and bone tissue that covers the tooth will be removes. Then using forceps, the tooth is rocked back and forth to loosen it from the ligaments and jaw bone. Lastly, gauze is placed where the tooth was extracted and if needed, stitches are placed.

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