A tooth removal is most commonly required if one of your teeth is damaged beyond repair. The most common reasons for a tooth removal include:
A tooth being fractured
Severe tooth decay or infection
Advanced gum disease that affects the supporting tissues and bone structure
If other teeth are being blocked from erupting
During orthodontic work, teeth may need to be removed to create room for teeth that are being moved into the correct position.
Wisdom teeth are often removed before or after they come in. When impacted, these teeth can lead to infection and pain.
What to expect
Typically Dr. Tharp is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes. He first makes sure you are very comfortable and some guests prefer to have nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and a patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours and then taper off. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedures steps to follow