Teeth are sometimes infected or crowding other teeth in the mouth. When this happens, an extraction may be needed.
Reasons you might need an extraction:
- To make room before braces. Sometimes teeth are extracted before braces are put on to alleviate a crowded mouth.
- If a tooth is impacted or cannot break through the gum.
- Excessive tooth decay that has compromised the integrity of the tooth, Infection, risk of infection, an abscessed tooth, or damage to the pulp (interior of the tooth)
- People who are receiving chemotherapy, radiation or are in other ways immunocompromised may need teeth removed to prevent infections.
What to expect
During the extraction, you may feel slight pressure, but no pain. Different anesthetics are offered depending on the severity of the procedure.
After the procedure
After surgery, you will experience some soreness and swelling. Extra care while eating and brushing should be taken to allow the area to heal properly. Specific instructions on care will be provided by your dentist.