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What Do You Need To Know About Getting an Extraction Done?


If you have been told that you have one or more teeth that need to get taken out, you might have a few questions about what to expect. If that is the case, you need to make sure you are prepared for the procedure. While people get teeth taken out for a number of reasons, this is a procedure that is handled on a case-by-case basis. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, it would be our pleasure to review this procedure with you. Learn more about getting your one or more teeth taken out below, and reach out to our office to make an appointment with a member of our team.

What Do You Need To Have Teeth Taken Out?

There are a few reasons why you might need to have one or more teeth taken out. Some people need to have teeth taken out to overcrowding reasons. If your teeth are overcrowded, some of the consequences could include:

  • Your teeth could impact each other, leading to significant pain and discomfort.
  • You could have a difficult time taking care of your teeth because they are overlapping one another.
  • If you still have other adult teeth that need to come in, they may have a difficult time erupting because of the overcrowding in your mouth.

You might also need to have one or more teeth taken out because of oral decay. Some of the signs of oral decay include:

  • You might have significant pain in your mouth.
  • You might notice black spots on your teeth.
  • You could notice discoloration involving your gums.
  • You may have pain that gets worse when you try to eat or drink something.

Ultimately, there are lots of reasons why you might need to have teeth taken out. In some cases, they might be saved with fillings, but this is not always the case. You need to make sure you protect your oral health. For all of these reasons, it is important for you to have your teeth evaluated and removed (if necessary) by a trained dental professional.

How Do You Prepare for the Procedure?

Typically, the process starts by meeting with the dentist for a routine visit. During the visit, the dentist may recognize one or more teeth might need to be taken out. Or, the dentist could order x-rays that show that the teeth have serious issues and might need to be removed.

In this situation, you need to talk to the dentist and make sure your questions and concerns are addressed. Some of the most common questions that patients have include:

  • Why do my teeth need to be extracted, and how many of them need to come out?
  • What are the options for anesthesia, and what do you recommend?
  • What should I expect the recovery process to be like?
  • Are there any other treatments I might need down the road?

Once all of your quetions are answered, the dentist will talk about the procedure with you, explaning how your teeth will be taken out. Then, your dentist will work with you to schedule the procedure at a time that is convenient for you. The sooner your teeth are taken out, the better, as this can reduce the chances of complications developing down the road.

What Happens During the Procedure?

During the procedure, the dentist is going to use anesthesia to help you minimize any potential discomfort. There are a few options available to you for anesthesia. They include:

  • Local Anesthesia: This anesthesia involves administering anesthesia directly to the site of the procedure using a small needle. For example, the dentist will probably use local anesthesia to numb the gums around the teeth to make sure you do not feel anything during the procedure.
  • Sedation Anesthesia: During this procedure, the dentist will suppress your consciousness slightly during the procedure, but you will still technically be aware during the operation. Your dentist will probably give you local anesthesia in combination with this treatment option.
  • General Anesthesia: With this anesthesia option, you will be put to sleep totally during the procedure. You also will not have any memory of the procedure after. Local anesthesia will also be given to minimize any discomfort after the operation. This is typically only recommended if you have a lot of teeth being removed.

If the tooth is already about to fall out, then the dentist may simply remove it on his or her own. This type of extraction typically only requires local anesthesia. If the tooth cannot be removed easily, then the dentist may recommend a surgical procedure to extract the tooth. In this case, it might be necessary to refer you to a specialist.
Once the tooth is out, the dentist will clean the site to make sure the debris is gone. The dentist typically places gauze over the site to control bleeding after the operation.

What Is the Recovery Process Like?

Once the procedure is done, your dentist will give you instructions about how to control pain and bleeding. Your dentist will also talk about warning signs that warrant an immediate call to the dentist.
You should plan on taking the rest of the day off after the procedure, particularly if you had multiple teeth removed.

You should also avoid strenuous activity for at least a week. Your dentist will also talk with you about dietary changes that you need to make for a short time after the procedure. You may also be told to use only mouthwash to clean your teeth for 24 hours after the operation.

Work With Mark J. Williamson, DDS If You Have Questions About Tooth Extractions

If you have questions or concerns about your teeth, we would be happy to help you. At Mark J. Williamson, DDS, we understand that people have questions about extractions. We will work with you to make this procedure as comfortable for you as possible. Give us a call today to make an appointment with a member of our team.