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Dental extractions, commonly referred to as tooth removal are a fundamental dental procedure designed to address a variety of dental health issues. When a tooth becomes severely damaged due to decay, trauma, infection, or overcrowding, extraction may be recommended by a dentist to prevent further complications and restore oral health. The process involves carefully and skillfully removing the affected tooth from its socket in the jawbone.

The procedure begins with a thorough examination, often aided by X-rays, to assess the tooth’s condition and its surrounding tissues. Local anesthesia is typically administered to ensure a pain-free experience during the extraction.

Simple extractions involve the removal of teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually accomplished using specialized instruments to gently loosen the tooth and then extract it. Surgical extractions are required for teeth that are impacted, broken, or have complex root structures. Dentists may need to make a small incision in the gum tissue and may need to divide the tooth into sections for easier removal. After the extraction, proper aftercare is crucial to promote healing and prevent complications such as infection or dry socket.

Patients are advised to follow post-operative instructions, including eating soft foods, avoiding vigorous rinsing, and maintaining good oral hygiene practices. Dental extractions play a vital role in maintaining oral health and preventing potential oral health issues, making them an essential aspect of comprehensive dental care.