The first thing you need to know about tooth extractions is that it may take more than one appointment before the removal is performed. When you call the dentist office and make an appointment for your dental extractions be certain you tell the receptionist booking the appointment that you think you need a tooth pulled. That way they can schedule enough time for the dentist to perform the procedure.
The process of tooth extractions includes having x-rays made of the teeth below the surface of the gums. The dentist is looking for any problems that are under the gums that might cause the dental extractions to be more difficult. Some dental extractions actually require surgical removal of the tooth in question. Below the surface of the gums is where the problems that create this necessity usually lie.
Tooth extractions require local anesthetics to be administered with a shot. These shots are given to numb the area where the dentist will be working so that the patient feels no pain. Many people are scared of the shots, but in all honesty very few of the shots are ever felt by the patient. Their fear is of the thought of the injection and not of the pain the injection caused.
A dentist will apply some numbing agent on the gums before they insert the needle with the local anesthetic into the gum. If the patient is really nervous or afraid the dentist may also provide them with some gas to calm their nerves and allow them to relax during the procedure.
Dental extractions that require surgical removal of the tooth or any portion of the tooth may require two or more visits before the work can be done. You may have a visit to establish the need for the surgical procedure with your normal dentist, and then have to go see a special dentist that does the actual surgeries. When you see the specialist take the x-rays that your dentist made along with you to help save time and money at the second office.
The oral surgeons will not be able to schedule an oral surgery without having looked at the x-rays you have and meeting you in person. You will see them once to establish what needs done and then again to have the actual work performed. Generally with these extractions the anesthetic that is given to you will be stronger and will likely make you fall asleep. These are known as a general anesthetic instead of a local anesthetic.
Having a tooth removed is always something the dentist will only do if there is no other way to repair the tooth. They do not like to pull a tooth that can be treated and repaired. You should listen to the advice of the dentist about the severity of a tooth and follow their advice on treatment options. You never want to lose any more teeth than you have to lose.
After the tooth is pulled carefully follow the instructions given to you on how to care for your mouth. These instructions will save you from having possible bad reactions to the procedure.