A dental extraction is a procedure in which a tooth is removed from the mouth. Extractions are typically only used if the tooth is damaged beyond repair and all other forms of therapy have been extinguished. Common reasons for extractions include:
- Severe decay or disease that makes it impossible, or too costly, to repair the tooth
- Advanced gum disease
- A tooth is blocking other teeth from coming in
- To create room during orthodontic work
- Wisdom teeth are removed to prevent other teeth from shifting
What to expect:
Your Waxahachie dentist will first numb the area of the extraction to lessen discomfort. During the procedure, you will feel some pressure of the tooth being removed, but not any pain. The entire process can usually take just a few minutes.
Following the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is considered normal, and a patch of gauze will be placed at the extraction site. Over the next 24 hours, you should expect some minimal bleeding that will taper off soon after. Follow our provided instructions on extraction care and diet, and never hesitate to call us with any other questions at (469) 773-4075.