Dental extractions are procedures utilized in order to remove the tooth from the mouth. They are typically only used if the tooth is damaged beyond repair and all other forms of rehabilitation have been exhausted. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Advanced gum disease
- A tooth is blocking other teeth from coming in.
- To help move teeth into place during orthodontic work
- Wisdom teeth that are impacted
What to expect
Your Waterbury CT dentist will first numb the area of the extraction to reduce discomfort. During the procedure, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but not any pain. The entire procedure can typically take only a matter of minutes.
Following the extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal, and gauze will be placed in the area to assist with that. Over the next 24 hours, the bleeding should taper off. Follow our instructions for how often to change the gauze, what to eat/not eat, and other post-procedure instructions we will supply you with and discuss before the extraction takes place.