Most competent dentists will recommend treatments that will save teeth; but when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, a dental extraction is usually the best option for patients.
Your tooth may need a simple or a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is when a tooth can be pulled without relieving any tissue. A surgical or impacted tooth may involve relieving tissue prior to the removal.
Dental extraction might be the best solution for:
- Teeth that are fractured below the gum line
- Severe tooth decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Primary teeth that are too crowded or not falling out properly
- An impacted wisdom tooth
Before starting the procedure, your dentist may offer nitrous oxide or another form of sedation to relax you — before numbing the area with anesthetic to keep you comfortable. During the procedure, you will feel pressure when the tooth is removed, but you shouldn’t feel pain. If you do we will stop and give you more anesthetic. After surgery, most people feel fine and are back to their normal routine the next day.