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The most common reasons for tooth extractions include

  • Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth

  • Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues and bone structures of your mouth

  • A tooth may be extracted if it is blocking other teeth from erupting

  • During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be extracted to create room for other teeth 

  • Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in

What to expect

  • Administer local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort.

  • During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. 

  • 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 your dentist's instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.

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