Once your permanent teeth are grown in, there may be some instances in which the tooth (or teeth) may need to be extracted. These cases need to be properly diagnosed by a professional dentist—any and all alternatives should be discussed when considering tooth extraction. Reasons for tooth extraction may vary, but often include one or more of the following:
- Preparation of orthodontia or cosmetics
- Risk of infection
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Advanced decay
In most cases, the extraction of the tooth is the last resort in maintaining dental health. In order to keep your teeth healthy and functional, it is important that you keep a proper oral hygiene routine within the home, and consistently attend scheduled dental appointments.
At the start of your visit, the doctor will administer a local anesthetic over the specific area where the tooth will be extracted. This will prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. Once the local anesthetic has taken effect, the doctor will extract the tooth, and provide gauze to help you heal. The doctor will provide you with specific instruction on how to receive the best possible result when healing. The doctor will also tell you that soreness and pain will be expected for the first few days after extraction. This is normal, and the sore feeling will subside.