A dental extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from the mouth. A dental extraction is most commonly required if there is a tooth that is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Advanced gum disease
- If a tooth is blocking another tooth from coming in
- During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
What to expect:
The dentist will first numb the area to help reduce discomfort. During the extraction, your child may feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove the tooth within a matter of minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal, and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow the dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.