What to expect if you have to have a tooth removed?

You will be administered a certain dose of anesthetic agent in the surrounding tooth area, to numb the region so that you do not feel the pain. One should make the difference between pain and pressure.

Dental extraction forceps and tooth (IMAGE:123RF)

If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.

Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. The dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and have you bite down on it to help stop the bleeding. Sometimes the dentist will place a few stitches — usually self-dissolving — to close the gum edges over the extraction site.


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