What is a Tooth Extraction?
An extraction involves full and complete removal of one or more natural teeth. Extractions are done on an as-needed basis, and we will try to save the tooth before deciding to completely removed it. In some cases, extractions are necessary to prevent future dental problems, as is the case with with wisdom teeth. Extractions are done easily and safely in our office, so that you’re comfortable at every stage of the procedure.
Why is a Tooth Extraction needed?
Before an extraction is performed, we do a complete exam of your mouth and offer other available treatment options to you. In some cases, an extraction cannot be avoided, and is deemed the best choice for your dental health. Some of the more common reasons for needing an extraction include:
- A wisdom tooth is impacted or only partially exposed
- A tooth is severely decayed
- A tooth is loose due to gum disease
- A baby tooth isn’t falling out on its own
- A tooth has cracked or broken far below the gum line
Our one-on-one approach ensures that each of our patients receives the kind care and compassion that they need. By offering a variety of procedures and treatments in one conveniently located office, we are able to cater to each member of your family.
What makes you a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
You will come into our office prior to any extraction being done. We may require x-rays to help determine which teeth should be removed, and whether or not there are any nerves in the area. Most patients who need an extraction can safely and effectively have the procedure done. We aim to provide you with an extraction procedure that remains comfortable and relaxed throughout.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
First, we will administer either local anesthetic or full sedation as per your request. We will use specialized tools to remove the tooth. If the tooth being extracted is impacted below the gum’s surface, a small incision is made through the gums to gain access to the underlying teeth. Sutures may be necessary to close the gums, and you’ll bite down on a piece of gauze following your procedure in order to stop any bleeding. We will send you home with important aftercare instructions, and will be available if you should develop post-operative complications. The extraction process is done incredibly quickly, with many patients finding it takes longer to drive into our office to have it done.
If you think you may need to have a tooth extracted, and want to learn more about your options available, call our office today and we will answer any of your questions.