What is a Dental Extraction?
A dental extraction, commonly known as getting a tooth pulled or a tooth extraction, is one of the most common procedures performed at a dentist’s office. Dr. Kevin Priest and our dentists will first make efforts to treat your condition and save your tooth, but this is not always possible. Dental extractions are often performed to relieve a broken tooth, significant tooth decay or to remove wisdom teeth that cause overcrowding in the mouth.
Once our dentists have decided that tooth extraction is necessary, they will perform an X-ray examination in order to further evaluate the tooth. The extraction procedure is performed under local anesthesia to minimize discomfort and involves rocking the tooth back and forth to ease it out of its socket for simple removal. Stubborn teeth may need to be removed in sections.
What to expect after a Dental Extraction
After the tooth extraction procedure, patients will likely experience a certain amount of pain. This can be relieved by applying ice to the area, rinsing the mouth with water or taking antibiotics or painkillers if needed. Patients are advised to avoid certain foods for a few days and should feel completely better within one to two weeks. The dental extraction procedure is safe for most patients and does not involve any major complications.
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