Extractions

Why are Teeth Removed?

Teeth are removed for many reasons:

• A cavity has cause irreversible decomposition of the tooth

• Infection is causing severe pain, where antibiotics are not enough for a resolution

• There is not enough room for all the teeth in your mouth

Many dental experts suggest pulling out impacted teeth that are only partially erupted. Germs can enter around a partially erupted tooth and cause an infection, which can expand into the surrounding bone and become highly serious. Impacted teeth continue trying to break through the gum tissue even if there is not enough room to accommodate them. The continuous pressure caused by this attempted eruption can in time harm the roots of sorrounding teeth. Removing a tooth that is impacted can oftentimes prevent infection, damage to neighboring teeth and bone, and save pain in the future.

What can I Expect After an Extraction?

It is crucial to keep the area clean and prevent infection directly after the removal of a tooth. Your dental practitioner will ask you to bite down mildly on a piece of dry, sterilized gauze, which you must keep in place for up to 30 to 45 minutes to limit bleeding while clotting takes place. For the next 24 hours, you shouldn’t smoke, rinse your mouth vigorously, or clean the teeth next to the extraction site.

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