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Tooth Extractions

A dental extraction is the procedure to remove a tooth when it has broken down too much and can not be restored with a predictable outcome.  A dental extraction is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond practical repair. The most common reasons for tooth extractions include:

  • Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
  • A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from coming in
  • During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place
  • Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in

What to expect

Your dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. It the patient is anxious, nitrous oxide may be administered to help them relax.  During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will NOT feel any pain.  If any pain is felt, all you have to do is raise your hand and Dr. Budhani will stop and take care of it. 

Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow the instructions provided after the extractionon how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.