What is a Tooth Extraction?
It is our goal to try and preserve as many of your teeth as possible. Unfortunately, there may come a time when the best way to save your overall oral health is to extract one or more teeth. This might be necessary if you have gum disease that has caused some or all of your teeth to decay and loosen. It might be necessary because you have a cracked tooth or even an impacted third molar (wisdom tooth).
Why might a Tooth Extraction be needed?
There are many reasons for needing a full tooth extraction. We will help to provide you with treatment options, if available, before simply removing a tooth. The reasons you may need an extraction include:
- You have gum disease and many of your teeth are loose, damaged or decayed
- A tooth has broken or cracked below the gum line
- You have an impacted or painful wisdom tooth
- Your child needs to have baby teeth removed prior to orthodontic treatment
- You want to avoid other more invasive or costly procedures
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
We will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you might need to have an extraction performed. It is important that a problematic tooth be removed as soon as possible to prevent any future problems, like infections or abscessing. After the extraction has been done, we will help in finding a way to replace the tooth, if possible. Extractions are always done to improve the patient’s oral and dental health.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
The first step is to administer a local anesthetic to numb one whole area of the mouth. We offer many different sedative options to make this extraction procedure more comfortable for you. We then use special dental instruments that loosen and then lift the tooth out of its underlying socket. The process of extraction is incredibly easy and quick. Sutures may be needed to close the gums and help them to heal. You will go home with important care instructions that are crucial in the overall healing of the surgical site. We are here to help if you experience any post-operative complications, like dry socket or infection.
If you would like to learn more about the extraction process, call us today so that we can help to get you in for a consultation.