Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but this isn’t always possible. Sometimes, a tooth needs to be entirely removed from the socket in the bone. There are many reasons this may be necessary:
- Overcrowding of teeth in the mouth
- Tooth decay
- Trauma or a broken tooth
- Baby teeth do not fall out to allow the permanent teeth to come in
- Wisdom teeth that cause problems
The dentists at Whole Health Dentistry will make a tooth extraction as painless as possible. Before pulling the tooth, the dentist will give you an injection of local anesthetic. This is to numb the entire area where the tooth will be removed.
Although you will be able to hear what is going on during the procedure, you should be totally pain free. If you experience any discomfort whatsoever, you should immediately let the dentist know, so he can administration more anesthetic. Using forceps, the tooth will be grasped and gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the bone. If it is hard to pull, it may have to be removed in pieces. Again, you should feel no pain.
The dentist will give you instructions on how to care for the extraction site after returning home.