A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Large decay or fractured tooth making it impossible to restore the tooth
- Advanced periodontal disease (gum disease) causing an infection in the bone surrounding the tooth
- Impacted teeth (most commonly wisdom teeth)
- During orthodontic treatment, teeth may need to be extracted to create room to allign teeth
- Abscessed or infected teeth causing facial swelling
What to expect
Your dentist will first administer 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 gauze will be placed in the affected area to stop the bleeding. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours and finally subside. Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.