Having a Tooth Pulled

General Dentistry

Having a Tooth Pulled

When you’re a child and lose a tooth you can’t wait for the tooth fairy to come. When you’re an adult and have to have a tooth pulled you wish it were as exciting. And you also wish the tooth fairy would come and pay for it. But tooth removal can be an affordable way to ensure your dental health is at its highest level. 

Reasons for tooth removal

Trauma or excessive decay, baby teeth that didn’t fall out, too many teeth and not enough space, wisdom teeth and gum disease are good reasons for tooth removal. Your local dentist Westborough will assess your dental health situation and will advise you when tooth removal is necessary. Sometimes the risk of infection is reason enough, especially if you are a cancer patient or have gum disease. 

Will it hurt? 

Your local dental clinic will assess your situation and will determine the best pain prevention for you. It could be a local anesthetic injection to numb the area or it could be a general anesthetic where no pain would be felt throughout the body and the patient would sleep throughout the procedure. Most dentists will ensure that patients are comfortable during the entire procedure. 

What is the procedure? 

For an impacted tooth the dentist will first remove gum and bone tissue that appear on the tooth. Then they will commonly use a forceps to rock the tooth back and forth. This loosens the tooth from the jaw bone. Hard to pull teeth may have to be broken up and removed in separate pieces. 

When it’s over

When the tooth has been extracted a blood clot will appear in the tooth socket. Gauze will be placed in the socket and the patient will be asked to bite down to help stop the bleeding. If necessary, the dentist will stitch the affected area. Your local dental office will provide detailed instructions after the extraction. You may experience some discomfort following the procedure but that should diminish within a few days. Call your dentist with any questions or concerns. 

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