Why A Dentist May Have To Extract A Tooth


Although permanent teeth are designed to last a lifetime, there are times when your dentist will have to extract a tooth. Often, tooth extraction in West Loop becomes necessary due to trauma or decay although there are other reasons as well.

* Crowded mouth: There are times when an orthodontist will have to extract teeth because the mouth is too crowded to effectively straighten and align the teeth.

* Infection: If tooth decay gets out of hand and it gets into the tooth pulp, bacteria can enter the pulp cavity and serious infection can set in. In many cases, this can be corrected with a root canal but in the event, the infection becomes so severe that there are no other options, the dentist will extract it.

What to expect if you need a tooth extracted:

Having a tooth extracted is no different than the majority of dental procedures. The dentist will first give you a local anesthetic which will numb the tooth root and immediate surroundings. If you are having more than one tooth extracted, perhaps in preparation for a denture, the dentist may opt to use a general anesthetic which will put you to sleep during the procedure.

Once the tooth is out, the blood in the socket will quickly clot. The dentist will have you bite on a gauze pad, this helps to stem the flow of blood.

Things your dentist will want to know before extracting a tooth:

Tooth extraction in West Loop is safe, but, as there is an open wound; bacteria can enter the bloodstream. In the event you are considered to be “high risk,” it may be necessary for you to complete a course of antibiotics prior to the procedure. It is extremely important that the dentist knows your medical background as well as knowing what medications you take if any.

Tooth extraction in West Loop may be needed if you suffer trauma or a tooth is badly decayed and there is no other option. You are invited to make an early appointment with Washington Dental Care.

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