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Tooth extraction is the process of removing a tooth from its socket in the mouth. Tooth removal is permanent, which means your tooth will be gone for the rest of your life. Typically, this procedure is done right at the dentist’s office. Depending on the type of surgery, you might require either a local anesthetic or a general anesthesia, so you don’t feel any pain.
The most common reason for getting a tooth extracted is because the tooth is damaged by extensive decay or trauma. Usually, a dentist will try to repair the tooth, but sometimes it cannot be saved. If it’s not removed, it can cause infection, especially in patients undergoing an organ transplant or cancer treatment.
Other reasons for needing a tooth extraction include having extra teeth, wisdom teeth or baby teeth that prevent other teeth from coming in. Or, the dentist may extract a tooth to create room for teeth to move when you get braces. Additionally, many patients with gum disease develop loose teeth, which may prompt the dentist to remove them, so they don’t get damaged by falling out on their own.
Wisdom teeth are an extra set of molars that most people have in the back of their mouth. When they start to emerge when you’re in your teens or early 20s, they can cause misalignment of the other teeth and crowd the jawbone and nerve. They might also be impacted and never fully emerge from the gums, which sometimes causes infection and swelling.
To prevent these problems, Dr. Donia can pull your wisdom teeth before you develop symptoms. It is better to get them removed when you are younger, as the root is less developed and recovery time is quicker.
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