What are the situations in which you may need a tooth extraction procedure? 

What are the situations in which you may need a tooth extraction procedure? 

To extract a tooth refers to removing it from its bone socket. The need for tooth extraction can seem scary and nerve-wracking for some people. However, you must know that tooth extraction is the most commonly performed standard dental procedure. Extractions of teeth are very common. Modern dental technology and a skilled dentist can speed up the recovery. During the examination, your dentist will walk you through all the options. 

When Is Tooth Extraction Necessary? 

Several situations could necessitate the removal of one or more of your teeth. As an example, if you have: 


You will have to inform your dentist of your dental and medical history. Tell them about your current medical situation, including any illnesses, allergies, surgeries, or medications you take. The dentist will brief you on what to anticipate before the procedure. 

Your dentist will discuss with you what to expect, including any discomfort you may have. Just speak to your dentist if there's something you don't get. Any question is accepted. If you know what will happen during the treatment, you may feel relaxed and calm and give your consent with assurance. 

Tooth Extraction Process 

A tooth extraction procedure usually contains two types: 

Removing teeth visible in the patient's mouth involves a simple dental extraction. This technique is typically carried out in the dental clinics of general dentists, using local anesthesia to numb the affected region and limit the discomfort the patient feels. 

Elevators and dental forceps are needed to lift and grip the affected tooth. The elevator and forceps help loosen and extract the tooth. It allows the tooth to detach from the alveolar bone for the extraction. After that, the tooth will need to be moved gently back and forth in its place until the periodontal ligament weakens enough. 

A surgical extraction may be necessary if a tooth has cracked off at the gum line or has not yet erupted into the mouth. The dentist creates an incision in the gum tissue and bone surrounding the tooth to extract the tooth.  

During extraction, your surgeon will try several approaches to access the tooth, such as lifting the gum tissue or using a drill or osteotomy to remove some jawbones. They may need to break the tooth into numerous pieces before surgical removal. 

After the tooth extraction, sometimes the roots of those teeth are left behind; this can happen in certain conditions. These roots can cause pain and other dental issues, but dentists are available whenever you need them. After numbing the area, they will reach the tooth roots and remove them, bringing your teeth back to their previous state of happiness and health. 

After Care Instructions 

After tooth removal, keep the region clean to prevent infection. You must not eat solid foods or smoke for 24 hours after an extraction; rinse your mouth aggressively, or brush your teeth near the extraction site. After the treatment, your dentist may ask you to bite down on some dry, sterile gauze for the next half an hour to prevent excessive bleeding. 


Extractions can cause pain or discomfort; therefore, your dentist may prescribe some painkillers for temporary relief. An ice pack may also aid in reducing swelling. Limit intense exercise and avoid hot liquids and straws. In three to two weeks, the pain should subside. Call your dental surgeon for significant pain, swelling, bleeding, or fever.

Contact your Fairfield dentist, Dr. Cheng Zhu, at Freedom Family Sedation Dentistry to learn about tooth extraction procedures.


*This media/content or any other on this website does not prescribe, recommend, or prevent any treatment or procedure. Therefore, we highly recommend that you get the advice of a qualified dentist or other medical practitioners regarding your specific dental condition* 

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