There are a variety of reasons a tooth may need to be extracted. For adults, if a tooth is badly damaged or decayed it may need to extract. For children, teeth may need to be extracted to make room for adult teeth. Regardless of the reason, the tooth extraction procedure often leads patients with many questions. It is always helpful to talk to your dentist about what to expect when you have any procedure done. At All Pro Dental, we would be happy to answer your questions about any of our dental services. There are a few common questions we hear from both patients and their parents
Typically, the first step in tooth extraction procedures is to numb the area with a local anesthetic. This does require an injection, which may feel like a sharp pinch. Some dentists use a topical numbing agent on the gums near the injection site to make things more comfortable. This helps prevent any pain or discomfort during the injection. During the removal process, there is little to no sensation felt. Some patients do mention feeling pressure as the tooth is removed. If a tooth is being removed because it has already decayed, the nerve endings of that tooth will already be dead and therefore the nerves will no longer be working.
Generally speaking, wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure. This is because the wisdom teeth are often not fully through the gum line, or are impacted. A regular tooth can be “pulled” or extracted without requiring surgery. A surgical extraction is required when the wisdom teeth are underneath the gumline but still causing problems for your alignment or jawline.
One of the most common questions we get from our patients is what happens during a tooth extraction. Teeth extractions are a dental procedure that removes not only the tooth but the root of the tooth as well. The tooth root is the portion of the tooth below the gum line and the tooth crown is the area of the tooth above the gum line. During a tooth extraction, the entire tooth is removed either to help correct misalignment, adult teeth not growing in, or to deal with a damaged tooth that cannot be repaired.
If you have other questions about tooth extraction procedures or another dental service, the team at All Pro Dental would be happy to help you. Give us a call to discuss your questions or help you schedule an appointment.