You and the doctor may decide that it is in your best interest to have a tooth extracted or removed. Most often, teeth are extracted due to large cavities, extensive fractures where the tooth cannot be saved, orthodontic reasons, impacted teeth, poorly positioned teeth, or periodontal disease.
Often times, there are alternatives to a tooth extraction, which can lead to other significant problems such as loss of function and ability to properly chew food, shifting teeth, joint pain and decrease in dental and overall health.
If the tooth is extracted, further treatment may be indicated to replace the space such as a partial, dentures, bridge or implant. Replacing the spaces allows the patient to functionally chew food and restore the spaced from the missing teeth.
Once you have decided to extract the tooth, the doctor will numb the tooth and the surrounding areas so you are comfortable. During the extraction, you may feel the sensation of pressure, but you should not feel uncomfortable or painful.
If at anytime during the procedure you should feel pain, the doctor will stop and administer more anesthetic to allow for you to properly and comfortably get numbed. Once the tooth is lifted out of the socket, gauze is placed in the space for you to bite down on with pressure until the bleeding slows down or stops.