Getting a tooth pulled is one of the most common dental procedures throughout the United States.
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A tooth can be pulled for a variety of reasons. One of the most common ones is because it is impacted. A tooth becomes impacted when it has been prevented from growing in normally, by the gums, bone or other teeth. Wisdom teeth commonly become impacted.
Another reason teeth are pulled, especially in youth and young adults is to make room in the mouth before planning to straighten remaining teeth. Teeth may also be pulled if they are so poorly positioned that they cannot possibly be straightened. A less common reason to pull a tooth is as a cheaper alternative to filling or placing a crown on a decayed tooth.
The tooth pulling process is a pretty standard one. We begin by numbing your tooth as well as the surrounding tissue and gums with a shot of Lidocaine. Extracting itself involves enlarging the socket of the tooth by wiggling the tooth in a variety of angles in order to compress the bone surrounding the tooth. As the tooth is moved to compress areas all around the tooth, the socket will become large enough for the tooth to come out. During the application of pressure, the ligament attached to the tooth will also break, freeing the tooth. Once the tooth is out, we clean the area, place gauze over the void and ask our patient to bite down, in order to create enough pressure to allow the blood to clot.
It is normal to feel pressure during the pulling process. If pain is experienced, we can apply more anesthesia and provide relief.
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