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What happens when you have a tooth pulled?

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Before pulling the tooth, your dentist will give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, your dentist may use a strong general anesthetic.

If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces.

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: "Dental Extraction."

American Dental Association: "Tooth Extractions."

Kaiser Permanente: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on September 13, 2020

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Medical College, department of surgery: "Dental Extraction."

American Dental Association: "Tooth Extractions."

Kaiser Permanente: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

WebMD Medical Reference: "Tooth Extraction for Gum Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on September 13, 2020

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