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The thought of getting a tooth pulled out can be a scary one. But if your dentist is a professional, there’s no need to worry as with modern medicine it needn’t be a painful process.

Getting a tooth extracted

How do you know if a tooth extraction is right for you? There are a number of reasons you may need to have a tooth pulled and these are some of them:

Gum disease – if bacteria builds up on your gums and teeth, it can damage your teeth and cause them to become loose. If this happens, you may need to get a tooth pulled out.

Tooth decay – if your tooth is badly decayed, it can cause your blood vessels and nerves to die in this area, creating pain for you. One solution is to have the tooth extracted to alleviate the pain.

Broken tooth – if your tooth has broken and is unable to be fixed by your dentist, he or she may choose to remove it and replace it instead.

Teeth crowding – sometimes people may have a small jaw, causing their teeth to crowd in their mouth. This can hinder their development, because the teeth can grow crooked. If this happens, one solution is to get a tooth taken out so your remaining teeth can be straightened.

Wisdom teeth removal – if you have pain caused by the impacting of your wisdom teeth, your dentist may choose to remove them.

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Benefits of tooth extraction

If you don’t want to get a tooth extracted, sometimes you can take painkillers or antibiotics to reduce swelling and soreness. However, these medications won’t solve the problem, and they are simply treating the symptoms. Sometimes it’s simply better to just get rid of the tooth. And this is the main benefit of a tooth extraction – it rids you of pain.

But if your problem is crooked teeth, sometimes speaking to an orthodontist can help as they can give you other options rather than tooth extraction.

Disadvantages of tooth extraction

You may experience some pain and swelling after you get a tooth pulled. However, this can be dealt with pain medication. Sometimes you may have a little bit of bleeding after a tooth extraction too.

In very rare cases, you may have very bad pain and if you get a high temperature you should contact your doctor as you may have an infection. It is also possible to get ‘dry socket’ where the hole left from the tooth extraction doesn’t heal quickly enough.

The procedure for tooth removal

Your dentist will use local anaesthetic so that you don’t feel pain during the tooth extraction. However, you may still hear some noise and feel something happening in your mouth. Once your mouth is numb, the dentist will work at making the socket larger so that they can wobble the tooth to remove it.

If the dentist cannot get to the root of the tooth (in rare cases), they may cut into your gum and then drill away at the area so the tooth comes loose.

After the tooth has been removed, you’ll need to wait ten or so minutes until the bleeding stops and you’ll be given some pain medication for any discomfort you may feel later.