A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. A surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth (Reference oral and maxillofacial surgeon Opens New Window) or your Reference dentist Opens New Window can remove a tooth.
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a Reference local anesthetic Opens New Window to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, Reference general anesthetic Opens New Window may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed. General anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you sleep through the procedure.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a Reference bridge Opens New Window. A Reference bridge Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window is a replacement for one or more (but not all) of the teeth and may be permanent or removable.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 22, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry