Sometimes a tooth can be saved by performing root canal therapy and placing
a crown. Other times, there is no suitable alternative to extraction. Your
tooth may have to be removed. Delaying treatment is always an alternative,
but it is not recommended.
To make the entire extraction procedure comfortable for you, the first
thing your dentist will do is make sure you're thoroughly numb. Your dentist
will use instruments called elevators and forceps to remove the tooth.
Elevators are placed next to the tooth and are used to gently roll the
tooth out of the socket. Forceps are used to more firmly grip the tooth.
After an extraction, it's important for a blood clot to form to stop the bleeding and begin the healing process. That's why your dentist will ask you to bite on a gauze pad for 30 to 45 minutes after an extraction. If bleeding or oozing continues after you remove the gauze pad, place another gauze pad on the area and bite firmly for another 30 minutes. You may have to do this several times.
Dry socket is an infection in your tooth socket after
a tooth is extracted. The condition usually develops when a blood clot fails to
form in the socket, or if the blood clot comes loose. Dry socket occurs in
approximately 5 percent of all tooth extractions.