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How Does a Dentist Do a Tooth Extraction

tooth extractionA tooth extraction is a relatively common dental procedure where a dentist removes a tooth from a patient’s mouth. A tooth extraction occurs when a tooth is unable to be fixed or saved by a filling, crown, or another kind of restoration.

There are many other situations where a tooth might need to be removed. These include baby teeth not falling out, a tooth becoming loose, radiation treatment, in preparation for orthodontic treatment, and more.

If you think you may need to have a tooth extracted, are waiting to have a tooth extracted, or your dentist wants you to have a tooth extraction, you may be wondering how a dentist performs a tooth extraction.

Below, we outline how dentists typically perform tooth extractions:

Step 1: Administer a local anesthetic

Before anything invasive occurs, your dentist will numb your tooth, jaw bone, and gum tissue. Numbing will require your dentist to inject a local anesthetic into the area of the procedure. This shot might be the extent of the pain you experience during your procedure.

Step 2: Expand the socket

If your tooth is not loose, your dentist will need to expand the socket of your tooth. Expanding the socket involves your dentist firmly moving your tooth back and forth. As you dentist rocks your tooth back and forth, the bone compresses and your socket increases in width.

Step 3: Remove the tooth

After your bone has been compressed enough, it is now easier to remove the tooth. Your dentist will use either a dental elevator or extraction forceps to remove the tooth from your mouth.

Step 4: Closing the area of the extraction

After your tooth is removed, your dentist will close the area where your tooth used to be. The process of closing an extraction site includes many steps. These include cleaning the socket, removing any loose bone or tooth fragments, checking the area for sharp edges, expanding the socket to restore the shape of your jaw bone, and placing stitches if necessary.

During the course of the extraction, you should not feel much pain at all. Like we said before, the most pain you may experience is the shot to receive an anesthetic. Though you will experience no real pain, you may feel a lot of pressure in your mouth as your dentist rocks your tooth back and forth. Along with pressure, you may hear some noises that aren’t particularly pleasant.

A tooth extraction may not always be as simple as the steps we listed above. However, the steps we listed are the most common ones in a typical tooth extraction. After your extraction, you should talk to your dentist about potential tooth restoration options. With advancements in technology, dental implants give almost anyone the ability to replace their teeth.

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