A dental extraction is a procedure in which the tooth is removed from the mouth, and is usually only sought out as a form of treatment after all other options have been exhausted.
The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection making it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease: to avoid affecting the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth
- Orthodontic work: to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place, or blocking other teeth from coming in.
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in
What to expect:
Your Peoria IL cosmetic dentist will first administer an anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, the whole procedure will last only a matter of minutes.
Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area to aid in clotting. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow the provided instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.