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What is an extraction?

Question asked by: mrquestion

Asked on: 27 Dec 2009

In dentistry extraction is the process whereby a tooth is removed.

These days there is no doubt dentists try to leave teeth in much more than used to be the case in the old days. However there occasions upon which it is best to remove the tooth, either because it is too decayed to be saved, or often because it is being squashed and there is basically no room for it in the mouth.

In these cases it is removed, under local anaesthetic of course, and basically twisted, pulled and pressure applied to extract it from the mouth. This is usually done by a dentist but quite often with wisdom teeth and occasionally with other teeth that have complexities such as a twisted root then they may be done in hospital instead.

By: knowitall
Replied at: 27 Dec 2009
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