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Even though we all want to keep our natural teeth for life, sometimes circumstances force us into having a tooth extraction.
Some of those reasons to have a tooth pulled include dental trauma caused by injury to the teeth, tooth decay due to periodontal disease, and dental crowding that forces teeth out of place.
A tooth extraction may also be needed to help put traditional orthodontic devices like braces into place. Wisdom teeth extractions are also common among people in their late teens to mid-20's.
A simple extraction generally involves first numbing the extraction site with an anesthetic, then loosening the tooth with a dental instrument called an elevator. The periodontal ligament is then severed and the tooth is carefully taken out with forceps.
Sometimes a surgical extraction is called for when the tooth is inaccessible or difficult to see. The tooth may have to sectioned first with a dental drill in order to fully remove it.
After the procedure, the dentist will place a folded piece of gauze over the tooth extraction site and have you gently bite down on it to help control any bleeding. Over-the-counter pain medications are usually sufficient to reduce any pain over the next several days.
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