Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease
Tooth extraction is done when Reference gum disease Opens New Window has loosened or severely damaged a tooth. In most cases, a dentist can pull (extract) your tooth. But if the procedure is complicated or risky, an Reference oral or maxillofacial surgeon Opens New Window may do the extraction.
Your dentist or oral surgeon may 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 of your teeth need to be removed at the same time. A general anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you groggy or sleep through the procedure.
After removing the tooth, the dentist or surgeon may put in stitches (sutures) and place gauze over the wound to help stop bleeding.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 5, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Steven K. Patterson, BS, DDS, MPH - Dentistry