Tooth Extraction

Also known as: tooth removal, pulling teeth.

What is tooth extraction?

A tooth extraction is just another way to say that a tooth is removed, or pulled, from the mouth. This can be done for several reasons. Some of the more common ones include a broken tooth, a badly decayed tooth or a tooth that is blocking other teeth from coming in.


What happens during the procedure?

A tooth extraction can be simple or surgical. A simple extraction is done under local anesthetic, and a tool called an elevator is used to wiggle the tooth loose. Then a forceps is used to pull the tooth out. Surgical extraction may be done under local or general anesthesia. This procedure involves removing some of the tissue (gums) and bone around the tooth in order to remove it. Gauze is typically used to manage the bleeding after a tooth extraction.


Is any special preparation needed?

The patient may need to avoid food, drink and certain medications for a period of time before the procedure.


What are the risk factors?

Bleeding, pain and tenderness are all possible risks of tooth extraction. Dry socket is another possible complication that needs further treatment in order for the wound to heal after a tooth extraction.

Reviewed by: Patrick Sebastien Lolo, DMD

This page was last updated on: 7/3/2018 8:56:04 AM

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