A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. When most of us think about having a tooth extracted or pulled from our mouth, it automatically conjures up thoughts of pain and discomfort. However, with dental advances including sedation dentistry, this does not have to be the case. The truth is, having decayed, infected, or impacted teeth can be much more painful than having a tooth extracted.
There are a number of reasons why a tooth extraction may be necessary. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, the first course of treatment is to try to save the tooth with a crown, filling or other treatment. However, if the tooth has been damaged beyond repair, it must be removed. This is the most common reason for a tooth extraction.
Often times our third molars or “wisdom teeth” become impacted and are not able to properly erupt into the mouth. If not properly treated, they can become infected and cause pain and swelling in the jaw. This is another common reason for tooth extractions. Lastly, people getting braces may need to have teeth removed to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
It is common practice for dentists to use local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding a tooth before it is removed. Many dentists also offer Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) or oral sedatives to keep patients relaxed and comfortable during tooth extractions. If you are in need of a tooth extraction but are concerned about the pain and/or discomfort associated with this procedure, do not risk your oral health by putting it off. Contact a qualified dentist in your area to get more information about tooth extractions and the sedation options available.
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