Tooth Extractions in Norwood MA
A dental extraction procedure is when a tooth is completely removed from the mouth. Typically tooth extractions are only required when the damage is too far beyond repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe Tooth Decay or infection: It may be inefficient cost wise to correct thes issues, in which case an extraction is the best option.
- Advanced Gum Disease: May require a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in, or if it is coming crooked, for example, molars and wisdom teeth.
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
What to expect
First, your dentist will administer an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but you will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal, and a patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so, and the amount of bleeding will slowly reduce until there is none. Follow your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.