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Tooth Removal (Dental Extraction)

Regardless of why you might need a tooth removed, there’s absolutely nothing to fear. In fact, having a tooth pulled is among the most common and routine dental procedures.

While permanent teeth were meant to be just that, there are many reasons why a tooth may need to be removed including trauma, severe decay or infection, and crowding (a lack of space in your mouth for all of your teeth). Wisdom teeth removal is also a leading reason (especially for teens and young adults).

What is tooth removal like?

When it comes to tooth removal, also known as a dental extraction, Western Dental’s first step is taking X-rays of the tooth to determine the condition of the surrounding bone and the position of the tooth’s roots beneath the gum line. Our experienced dentists use these X-rays to plan a safe tooth extraction and identify any potential issues that could arise.

After X-rays have been reviewed, our dentists will apply a local or general anesthetic to ensure the tooth removal procedure is as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Gauze is applied once the tooth has carefully and gently been removed to minimize any bleeding. In some cases, a few small stitches may be needed to help gums heal quickly.

As you start feeling better, you can gradually resume your normal diet, including eating solid foods. Everything should be back to normal within a few days, but please contact Western Dental if you experience any of the following difficulties:

  • Severe bleeding or pain more than 4 hours after your tooth is pulled
  • Signs of infection (nausea, vomiting, fever, chills)
  • Excessive swelling or redness from your extraction site
  • Numbness in your tongue, chin or lips more than 3 to 4 hours after the procedure
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chest pain or shortness of breath

Do you need a tooth pulled? Contact Western Dental to make a dentist appointment.