Tooth extraction is needed when you are having problems with your teeth and also your gums. One of the most common reasons why you need to get your teeth extracted is tooth decay wherein it causes infection in the center of the tooth. Another cause for extracting teeth is a mouth that is crowded with teeth wherein dentists prepare the mouth for the proper alignment of teeth. Gum disease is also another reason for it to prevent the loosening of teeth caused by gum infection.
When the extraction of a tooth is required, an incision in the gums is made to make an opening that will make the removal of the tooth easier. Before the tooth is removed, an anesthetic is injected to the affected area to make the area where the tooth is removed numb. In some cases wherein more teeth are to get extracted, a general anesthetic is injected to infected areas. After the procedure for the extraction of the tooth, gauze pads are padded in the socket or in some cases the area is stitched up and is allowed to heal.
During this time, it is important to think about a tooth replacement option. An extracted tooth leaves an open area in the jaw, which, in time, allows the neighboring teeth to drift into the area where the tooth was extracted. This in turn, causes a chain reaction to all the surrounding teeth. Also, if you are considering placing an implant in the future, you should consider asking your dentist to place a bone graft at the time of surgery to preserve the bone width and height.