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Tooth removal (extraction)

Teeth are removed for any one of a variety of reasons, including:

  • Infection
  • Pulpitis (inflammation of the pulp of the tooth)
  • Periodontal disease (loss of bone and gum surrounding teeth, making them loose and sometimes painful)
  • Fracture and trauma

Before an extraction, the dentist will obtain a thorough medical history, often communicating with the patient's physician. All patients will sign a form consenting to the extraction, which gives more information about the procedure and lists risks and benefits.

During an extraction, the entire area is first numbed with local anesthesia. Then the tooth is slowly loosened with specialized instruments so that it can be gently removed. It is sometimes necessary to remove or alter some gum or bone surrounding a tooth in order to remove it. Stitches may be placed and patients are given instructions for how to care for their mouth after the procedure.

After a tooth extraction, it is very important to follow post-operative instructions to care for the extraction site. If the patient desires to replace the missing tooth, there are several options such as dentures, implants, and bridges.