When you are young, your baby teeth naturally fall out to make room for adult or permanent teeth. However, as an adult, there may be cases where a tooth is either diseased or damaged and needs to be removed so dental professionals can put in a replacement tooth and protect your oral health and improve the appearance of your smile. The process of removing a tooth is known as extraction and although the process may sound painful, it can actually be quite simple and pain-free.
If you have a damaged or diseased tooth and need the tooth extracted, it is important that you speak with a qualified and caring dental expert. To learn more about your case and whether an extraction is the best course of action, contact the Austin dental professionals of BridgeView Dental today at 512-347-8299 and take the first step toward getting the smile you’ve always wanted.
The Tooth Extraction Process
The process for extracting a tooth is relatively simple. To extract a tooth, a dental professional will:
- Apply a local anesthetic or inject an anesthetic to numb the targeted area
- Using special equipment and tools, the dentist will surgically remove the tooth
- Prescribe an antibiotic to the patient and also apply a cold compress to prevent swelling
While many teeth can be removed fairly easily, some teeth such as the wisdom teeth located in the back of the mouth can be more difficult to remove and may require surgery and for the patient to be under the affect of anesthesia.