What is a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions are procedures that involve completely removing one or more teeth from the mouth. While we do everything in our power to try to save a tooth, there may be a time when the only treatment option is fully removing it. We can perform extractions on both pediatric as well as adult patients. The extraction process is done as comfortably as possible for you in our office.
Why might a Tooth Extraction be needed?
There are several reasons for needing a full extraction. If you need to have one done, we may recommend that it be done as soon as possible to prevent further damage to surrounding teeth. Some of these reasons include:
- A tooth is loose or severely decayed
- A tooth has cracked or broken severely
- A wisdom tooth is impacted and painful
- A baby tooth isn’t falling out on its own
- You want to avoid more invasive or costly procedures
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
To determine if an extraction is needed, we will perform a complete examination. This allows us to see if the tooth can be saved and if not, the best way to go about removing it. We may take x-rays and special images to help in further identifying the best treatment plan. Extractions can be done on any patient who would benefit from one or more teeth being removed.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
The extraction process will begin with an anesthetic or sedative of your choosing. We can go over sedative options at your consultation appointment. We then loosen and life the tooth that is causing a problem. Sutures are immediately placed, if needed, to close up the gums. You will then bite down on some gauze to stop all bleeding. You will be given take-home instructions on how to care for your mouth while it is healing from an extraction. You can expect some pain and swelling following surgery, but this should subside in a matter of a few days.
If you think you might need to have a tooth extracted, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members.