What is tooth removal?

Extraction, or tooth removal is perhaps the most feared dental treatment next to the much overhyped root canal, but in reality it’s a service that’s quick, relatively painless and actually pretty straightforward. Normally it’s thought of that dentists enjoy tooth extraction, but the reality is that for them, it’s the last resort and an unfortunately necessary treatment when teeth are either impacted, decayed or there is a specific problem that requires complete extraction.

Normally, it’s quite uncommon for teeth to be extracted regularly. Not twenty years ago, extractions were a lot more common. Thankfully now, with good dental hygiene and regular visits to the dentists, it’s possible to avoid having to get teeth removed except in abnormal circumstances such as when a wisdom tooth becomes impacted.

However in situations of major tooth decay and abscesses forming under the tooth it’s necessary to remove the tooth in order to treat the underlying problem. In some other circumstances, dentists are forced to perform tooth removal to remove unwanted teeth for preventative / cosmetic reasons. Finally, in the event of a broken tooth, extraction can be recommended when there is major damage present.

Today, despite the fact that anesthesia is applied and the procedure is largely painless, there is still much fear about the process even though it’s a procedure that’s performed fully while under local anesthesia. The fact is that even though we are in the 21st century, the dentist’s tool of choice in extracting teeth is still medical forceps.

Dental extraction is generally a straight forward procedure and while it’s normally performed on a ‘day’ basis, there are sometimes situations that require the services of a specialist orthodontist who will surgically remove teeth. While these situations are rare, often its most commonly heard of when wisdom teeth need to be removed.

Perhaps the biggest reason for extraction today is due to dental caries or cavities. Often the extraction is the last resort, when the tooth enamel itself has decayed to a point where it’s causing infection / complications. Luckily, extraction is painless and it’s something that any dentist can perform.

Generally, tooth removal is a painless procedure. There are a few complications that can arise and that patients need to be aware of. The first is bleeding which shouldn’t last more than an hour or so after extraction, but blood may remain present for up to three days. The second is pain or discomfort, which can be a sign of infection or dry socket. In the event that significant pain remains after three days, it’s recommended to see your dentist.

Overall however, tooth removal is well tolerated and accepted. It’s a procedure that’s performed worldwide, and indeed while the tools do seem brutal upon first sight, the fact is that dentists are as gentle as possible. For most of the population, getting a tooth removed is painless and the after-effects are indeed only minor. Routine extractions can be performed by any qualified dentist and the risks are indeed, minimal.

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