The most important thing to keep in mind when facing a possible tooth extraction is that your dentist will never pull your teeth and less it is absolutely necessary or you adamantly desire it. There are many reasons that can require a tooth extraction. It may be recommended by your dentist for reasons such as: severe decay or trauma, to fix crowded teeth, remove a baby tooth so that the adult tooth can emerge, to remove troublesome wisdom teeth, periodontal disease, or to facilitate dentures.
The most common reason for a dental tooth extraction is severe decay, or cavities. A cavity is initially developed due to a colony of bacteria in your mouth that has formed. These colonies of bacteria are formed over time without proper brushing or flossing of the tooth. As the bacteria feeds on the leftover food particles in your mouth, it also produces a acid that slowly corrodes your teeth. Over the course of as little as six months, enough acid can be produced to form a whole, or cavity, in your tooth. If this cavity has become too serious and cannot be corrected with a simple filling, then a tooth extraction is a possible measure that can be taken.
Oftentimes, severe decay can be corrected with a root canal. However, it may be the case that a tooth extraction is more realistic.
What to Expect During a Tooth Extraction
Tooth extractions are a very basic and simple procedure when it comes to common dentistry. The first thing that will be done is to discuss the procedure with your dentist. It will be decided whether or not you should take an antibiotic prior to the extraction to reduce your risk of infection. Before the procedure takes place, the local area will be numbed to prevent you from feeling any pain.
Then, the dentist will remove the tooth. Usually this is a simple removal including gently rocking the tooth back and forth to loosen it and then pull it out. Sometimes, however, the tooth is impacted and the dentist will have to remove some bone tissue and gum tissue covering the tooth.
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