What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is a procedure that involves fully removing a tooth from the mouth. We try our best to save teeth whenever possible. However, there may come a time when a tooth is beyond the point of being saved or is posing a risk to your future oral health. We perform all extractions in our office in a comfortable, relaxed and safe manner.
Why is a Tooth Extraction needed?
Extractions are often performed after all other options to save a tooth have been exhausted. A tooth may be beyond the point of being able to be saved, or the tooth simply serves no purpose if left in the mouth. Some reasons you’d need an extraction include:
- A tooth is seriously decayed
- A tooth has severely cracked or broken
- A tooth is impacted and painful (wisdom teeth)
- A baby tooth is being stubborn and not falling out
- One or more teeth is loose due to gum disease
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
We will perform an examination to determine if you might need an extraction. Extractions can be done on both adult as well as pediatric patients. We try everything we can to offer treatment options to save a tooth. Once the tooth is extracted, we will work on ways to replace it fully.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
The process begins with an anesthetic that is used to numb the area. We then work on loosening the tooth and removing it using special tools and dental instruments. Sutures may be placed to help the area to heal correctly. You’ll bite down on a piece of gauze and will be given aftercare instructions. These instructions give you information on how to care for the area and keep it clean. You can expect some pain and swelling after the first day or two following the procedure, but this will subside in a short period of time.
If you would like to come into the office for a consultation regarding an extraction, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.