It needs to be removed. Your dentist may recommend extracting a tooth if:
Wisdom teeth, which typically come in during your teens or twenties, may need to be extracted if they are decayed, infected, or causing pain. They may get impacted—stuck underneath other teeth—which also requires extraction.
Most visible teeth can be removed with a simple extraction, where your dentist loosens the tooth, then removes it carefully with forceps. This procedure typically requires just a local anesthetic (an injection).
A surgical extraction may be needed if:
During a surgical extraction, you may have a local anesthetic along with an IV or general anesthetic.
Both procedures are virtually painless. You might feel pressure or pulling, but no pain.
Tip: Don’t smoke on the day of surgery, as it can increase the chance of dry socket, a painful condition that occurs when a blood clot doesn't form in the hole, breaks off, or breaks down too early.
Directly after the extraction, you’ll be asked to keep gauze on the extraction site to help the blood clot. It’s important to protect this clot as the wound heals. Eat soft foods, and don’t smoke, use a straw or spit, as these actions can dislodge the clot.
Most people feel some discomfort after having a tooth extracted. You can take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen to help relieve the pain. Your dentist can recommend the dosage that’s right for you.
You can also use icepacks to decrease any swelling. If your jaw is still stiff after any swelling has subsided, try warm compresses.
In general, swelling and bleeding last only a day or two after the extraction, and any pain should go away after a few days.
As always, we keep you as comfortable as possible. Most of our patients feel little to no pain during tooth extractions.
When you have a toothache, broken tooth, or other dental emergency, we’ll fit you in as soon as possible. Just call our clinic or come in, and we’ll get you help as soon as possible.
They also performed blood-letting, castration, and surgery (as well as giving customers a shave and haircut). It wasn’t until the 1800s that dentists, barbers, and surgeons were separated as professions.