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How Dentist Remove a Tooth?
Most people fear to have their teeth removed. However, it is not as bad as most people picture it, and the improvements in technology have made it faster and virtually painless. So, how does a dentist extract a tooth?
Here is what to look forward to next time that you visit a dentist to have your tooth extracted.
Several factors may warrant the removal of a tooth. As such, it is essential that the dentist first gets a clear understanding of precisely what is ailing you before getting down to work.
To this end, the first step involves consultation and a brief examination. The dentist will ask you some questions necessary to the process’ success – these will mostly center on the cause of the problem and your medical history as some ailments or medications may affect the procedure. The dentist may schedule another appointment for the extraction or get down to it if the problem is moderate.
The Extraction Process
Tooth extraction involves more than just pulling the tooth out. It is a procedure that includes the following steps:
The dentist will start by giving you an anesthetic to numb your nerves and save you the intense pain of tooth extraction. If there is only one tooth to be extracted, then the doctor will inject the gum holding that particular tooth with a dose of anesthetic. However, if there are several teeth to be removed, then the dentist will give you a general anesthetic that will numb your whole body and induce you to a deep sleep.
The anesthetics used today are much more efficient compared to the past – in fact, they are so effective that you will barely feel the pain. They are also somewhat intoxicating, and they often bring out the funny side in most patients.
Once the anesthetic has kicked in, the dentist will proceed to remove the tooth. There are two primary types of tooth extraction:
If the tooth that is being extracted is intact, then a simple extraction procedure will do. During this procedure, the dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth from the gum, thus making it easier to remove. Once the tooth is loose, the dentist uses merely forceps to hold it and pull it out.
A simple extraction is quick and straightforward, and any general dentist can do it.
A surgical extraction is used for complicated cases. It is mostly used if the tooth to be extracted has broken off at the gum or if it has not fully emerged out of the gums and into the mouth.
A surgical extraction mostly involves making a small incision in the gum holding the tooth slated for removal – this offers easier access to the tooth. In extreme cases, the dentist may also need to remove some of the bone holding the tooth especially if it is lodged deep into the gums. Additionally, if the tooth proves challenging to extract, then the dentist may be required to cut it in half and extract it in parts.
Some general dentists are qualified to perform surgical extractions, but it is safer to go to an oral surgeon to avoid any complications.
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