Tooth Extraction



Reasons for Extracting Teeth!

Removing a tooth is necessary when decay or an abscessed tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the infection. It can help keep the infection from spreading to other areas of your mouth. Having a tooth extraction (Pulling a Tooth) in adulthood is sometimes necessary. Although permanent/adult teeth can last a lifetime, teeth that have become damaged or decayed may need to be removed or extracted. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired.

Other reasons for extraction

Prior to extraction, your dentist or oral surgeon will discuss your medical and dental histories and take X-rays. At the extraction appointment, your dentist will numb, or anesthetize, the tooth to be extracted, as well as the jawbone and gums surrounding it. Typically, a local anesthetic such as novocaine or lidocaine is injected to eliminate discomfort.