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Tooth Extraction

Molar Extraction - Visit Apex Dental nearer to Rock Hill, York, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Indian land, Clover area

Tooth extraction, or the removal of a tooth, is a relatively common procedure for adults, even though their teeth are meant to be permanent.

Here are a few of the reasons someone may need to get a tooth removed:

  • tooth infection or decay

  • gum disease

  • damage from trauma

  • crowded teeth

How a tooth extraction is performed at Apex Dental

You schedule a tooth extraction with our dentist or an perio surgeon.

At the procedure, your dentist injects you with a local anesthetic to numb the area and prevent you from experiencing pain, though you’ll still be aware of your surroundings.

If your child is having a tooth removed, or if you’re having more than one tooth removed, they may choose to use a strong general anesthetic. This means your child or you will sleep throughout the procedure.

For a simple extraction, your dentist will use a device called an elevator to rock the tooth back and forth until it becomes loose. They’ll then remove the tooth using dental forceps.

Molars or impacted teeth

If you’re getting a molar removed or if the tooth is impacted (meaning it sits beneath the gums), surgical extraction may be necessary.

In these cases, the Apex dental surgeon will make an incision to cut away the gum and bone tissue that covers the tooth. Then, using forceps, they will rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks away.

If the tooth is especially difficult to extract, pieces of the tooth will be removed. More complex surgical extractions are likely to be performed under general anesthetic.

Once the tooth is removed, a blood clot will usually form in the socket. Apex dentist or surgeon will pack it with a gauze pad to stop the bleeding. In some cases, a few stitches are also necessary.

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