A tooth which is very decayed or damaged, or lose because of gum disease, may have to be extracted (taken out of your mouth).
Wisdom teeth sometimes have to be extracted if they have come through at an awkward angle and are causing problems.
Teeth are sometimes taken out from children’s mouths to help other teeth grow straight, when they are crowded.
What will me dentist do?
Some teeth are easier to take out than others. A local anesthetic (an injection in your mouth) will be used to numb the tooth before it is extracted. In some cases, for children or nervous patients, or where a tooth might prove difficult to remove, sedation (something to make you drowsy), along with a local anesthetic, may be used. On rare occasions a general anesthetic may be considered. If a general anesthetic is needed, you will have to go to a hospital (you will normally be able to go home the same day).
After working out the best way to take the tooth out, your dentist will discuss with you:
- How to make sure you don’t feel the extraction while it is happening.
- Whether you should bring someone with you if you are to have sedation or general anesthetic.
- When it would be convenient for you to have the tooth removed.
You might also discuss other treatments you need, for example whether you may require a denture or dental implants to replace the missing teeth.