Teeth may need to be extracted for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed, while other teeth may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jaw bone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure but no pain. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. Sometimes a small dental drill is also used to get the tooth out.
Intravenous sedation is also available for patients who are nervous or just want to be asleep during the surgery.