A dental extraction is a procedure to completely remove damaged, unrestorable teeth from your mouth. This procedure is only required if your damaged tooth is beyond repair; leaving a damaged tooth in the mouth will likely cause more problems in the future.
Conditions that tooth extraction is considered under include:
- Severely decayed tooth that is beyond repair
- Advanced gum disease
- Impaction of erupting teeth, including wisdom teeth where the impaction is causing problems
- A painful tooth where other treatment would not be effective
- Super-erupted tooth that is causing food impaction or bite problems
All dental extractions require a recent x-ray of the tooth to assess the roots of the tooth to determine how easily the tooth can be removed.
Anaesthetic is given to numb the area of the affected tooth before the extraction is done. During the extraction, you might feel the pressure of the tooth being removed but you will not feel any pain because of the anaesthetic. Most simple extractions only take a few minutes.
It is normal to see a small amount of blood immediately after the extraction. Your dentist will help to minimize the bleeding by placing gauze over it.