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I'm sure that you understand - having your own teeth at an old age is wonderful.

But, unfortunately, there are situations in which the tooth extraction procedure is the only way out.

This can happen due to:

  • Tooth decay (too much damage to the tooth to be repaired).

  • Extremely loose tooth.

  • Overcrowding of teeth in the mouth. Maybe needed to create room for other teeth (such as when you're getting braces).

  • Tooth not able to erupt through the gum.

  • Baby teeth not falling out in time, to make way for the growth of permanent teeth.

  • Pulling teeth in radiation or chemotherapy patients. If radiation or chemotherapy to the head and neck causes teeth to become infected, pulling teeth may be necessary.

  • Impacted 3rd molars (Wisdom Teeth) which cause gum pain and swelling.

It is advisable to consult with your dentist if you face any of the above problems.

When you undergo a tooth extraction procedure, your dentist will numb the area with a local anesthetic. You may also receive an anti-anxiety medication or an intravenous sedative. If the dental extraction involves an impacted tooth, the tooth may be broken into pieces before it is removed.

Tooth Extraction Procedure can be performed in two ways: simple and surgical.

Simple: A simple tooth extraction involves the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. This could mean removing a badly damaged or decayed tooth or removing teeth prior to getting braces. General dentists can do simple tooth extractions. When you undergo simple tooth extraction, you will receive local anesthesia. In addition, some dental professionals administer anti-anxiety medication or use conscious sedation for simple cases of pulling teeth. In most cases, over-the-counter pain medication is sufficient for pain management after these procedures.

Surgical: Surgical tooth extraction is an operation by an oral surgeon involving removal of teeth that are not visible in the mouth, because they have not come in or because the tooth has broken off. Individuals with special medical conditions may receive general anesthesia when pulling teeth involving surgery. You may also receive prescription pain medication for use immediately after surgical teeth-pulling procedures.

Remember, that the success of the procedure depends on the experience and practice of the dentist. Your doctor must be a real expert and prof. For example, you can go to Manhattan Periodontics&Implant Dentistry clinic in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, NYC. One of the best specialists works there. They can offer such procedures as crown lengthening, gum graft and laser gum treatment.

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