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Extracting teeth is viewed as a last resort in modern dentistry and usually only occurs as a result of chronic disease or trauma.
Reasons for pulling teeth
Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, there are a number of reasons why tooth extraction may be needed. Common reasons include a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Other reasons include:
- A crowded mouth
- Risk of infection
- Periodontal (Gum) Disease
What to expect
Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.
Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
Sometimes, the blood clot in the socket breaks loose, exposing the bone in the socket. This is a painful condition called dry socket. If this happens, your dentist will likely place a sedative dressing over the socket for a few days to protect it as a new clot forms.