A tooth extraction refers to the procedure of removing a tooth from its socket. There are many different methods for extracting teeth that vary depending on how large they are.
First, a local anesthetic is applied to make the procedure more comfortable. In some cases, your dentist will elect to use nitrous oxide gas in addition to the anesthetic. Once the area is numb, the extraction begins.

A dental instrument called an elevator is used to wiggle the tooth in its socket. After the tooth is loosened, it is removed using forceps, or in some more complicated cases, a surgical handpiece is also used to assist with the removal of the tooth.

Tooth extraction is not free of possible complications. You should be aware that there is a slight chance of infection, tenderness, prolonged bleeding, dry socket, loosening of neighboring teeth or their fillings or crowns. Another rare possibility is a tooth being displaced into the sinus during the extraction of an upper tooth. Lastly, jaw fracture is also an infrequent possibility.
You need to be aware of the importance of replacing this missing tooth. Once a tooth is removed, the space created by the missing tooth will allow the surrounding teeth to shift into that space. This shift could cause a misalignment in your mouth that can result in chewing or jaw joint problems. These shifted teeth are harder to clean, making them more susceptible to gum disease, decay, or even additional tooth loss.

It’s essential to replace the tooth with a dental appliance such as a bridge, a removable partial denture, or an implant. In some instances, you may be considering the option of pulling a tooth rather than simply repairing it. While it may be less expensive in the short run, in the long term, it may cost you more. As you already know, once a tooth is pulled, you still need to fill the space with a dental appliance to avoid future complications.

If you add the cost of extraction, plus the replacement of the tooth, you may be better off repairing it. Please be sure to ask your dentist for proper home care and post-operative instruction care.


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