Excessive tooth decay, tooth infection, and excessive tooth density can make tooth extraction necessary. People with braces may need to remove one or two teeth to make space for the rest of their teeth when repositioned.
Tooth extraction is performed by a dentist or oral surgeon and is a relatively quick outpatient procedure using local, general, intravenous, or a combination of the two anesthesia for tooth extraction. Pulling out a visible tooth is a simple extraction. A tooth that is broken, below the surface, or chipped requires a more complicated procedure.
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Before planning a procedure, the dentist will take an x-ray of your teeth. Be sure to tell your dentist about any medications you are taking, as well as vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter medications.
The extraction of your tooth is simple or surgical depending on whether your tooth condition. In a simple extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic which will numb the area around the tooth so that you will only feel pressure, not pain, during the procedure.
It usually takes a few days to recover after tooth extraction. If you experience pain that doesn't go away after a few days, or signs of infection – including fever, pain, and pus or drainage from the incision – make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.