A tooth may need to be extracted, or pulled/removed, when it is compromised beyond repair by decay or trauma. A tooth may also need to be extracted for orthodontic purposes to create more room for the other teeth to be properly aligned in the mouth. Wisdom teeth, the last set of molars, are often preventatively removed because they don’t erupt properly. Improper eruption can cause pain, infection, damage and/or decay of the adjacent teeth, and decay of the wisdom teeth.
Extractions themselves can vary on procedure. Dentists can perform simple extractions of teeth that have no complications and is fully erupted. Dentists can also perform complicated extractions via surgical intervention. Teeth can be pulled or removed in a surgical procedure that is best fitted for the tooth. Extractions can be performed in a traditional dental office and in an ambulatory surgical center under sedation. Patients who are apprehensive or anxious about extractions have the option of sedation for their extraction.
Aftercare of an extraction is crucial. Proper care and maintenance of the site can help speed up the healing process. Keeping the mouth clean after any dental procedure is ideal as it helps with the lack of decay to cultivate in the sore and tender area and helps prevent any future issues that may arise from bacteria. Foods high in sugar and fats can build in the extraction site.