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What is the Likelihood of Tooth Extraction by Your Dentist?

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Very high, thanks to our wisdom teeth, which frequently need to be removed from many people.

It is also not uncommon for other teeth to fail for one reason or another, leaving the dentist no choice but to recommend removal since the consequences of a broken or decaying tooth that cannot be repaired can be extreme.

This can occur because the tooth may be neglected or broken. Gum disease may cause it. Preparation for orthodontia is possible too as a tooth may be growing in incorrectly, necessitating an extraction.

Or it might be an extra tooth blocking the way of others that need to come in. Wisdom teeth have been problematic for many people, as they are an “extra” molar and frequently become impacted.

This is when it attempts to come in sideways or askew, and can even grow into the roots of the adjoining molar. Anything from one to all four teeth may need to be removed to eradicate problems currently being cause by these teeth, especially if the dentist sees that the less invasive teeth are seemingly moving in the wrong direction.

Having the Extraction Performed in your Dentist’s Office

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In most cases, you can have these procedures done right in the office of your dentist. A local anaesthetic, like what is used when other work is being done, can normally be given to you to keep you comfortable.

In a more extreme case, such as when multiple wisdom teeth need to be removed or if the extraction looks like it may be difficult, a general anaesthesia can be used to allow you to be unconscious throughout.

An example of this would be when the root of the wisdom tooth has wound around the root of another tooth. Very rarely, surgery could be required if cysts or tumors have grown around the wisdom tooth.

Because bleeding is common you may wait in the office an hour of so with gauze until a clot has formed.

Instructions Your Dentist Will Give After Your Tooth Extraction

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After leaving your dentist’s office, you will be told to keep using gauze on the wound until the bleeding and oozing stops. If it has not slowed down after 24 hours, call him or her for additional instructions.

Normally this will stop in three days or so and eventually fill in with soft gum tissue.