A dental extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from your mouth.
A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair.
Reasons for extraction
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Advanced gum disease may require a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
- Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort
- You will feel a slight pressure during the extraction but no pain
- There will be some slight bleeding after the extraction
The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.