A Tooth Extraction is a dental procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. This is a procedure that becomes necessary if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair.
The most common reasons for extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection that makes other treatments impractical or too costly
- Advanced gum disease that would affect the health of supporting tissue and the bone structure in your mouth
- A tooth that is blocking the eruption of other teeth, like ‘baby’ teeth.
- To provide the space needed to move and straighten teeth during orthodontia
- Teeth that are too out of reach for the patient to properly clean them, like Wisdom teeth
How it’s done
Dr. Gabriel will use a topical anesthetic on the gum before injecting anesthetic to numb the area where he plans to work.
Once the patient is numb, Dr. Gabriel will use dental instruments to ‘lever’ the tooth upward from the gum line. Generally, he will also use forceps to hold the tooth and pull it free from the socket.
Depending on the severity of the tooth extraction, a healing foam or suture may be used to help stem the flow of blood. Often, only gauze squares and pressure are used to help coagulation.
Follow all post extraction instructions as carefully as possible to avoid complications and reduce pain.