What is a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions involve completely removing a tooth from your mouth. While we do our absolute best to save every tooth, there may come a time when the only option is to have it removed. Extractions are always done as a way to improve and maintain the health of your teeth and gums. They may be necessary prior to other procedures, like being fitted for a new denture.
Why is a Tooth Extraction necessary?
Extractions are often necessary either because other treatments have failed or because it’s been deemed necessary to remove the tooth. We perform an exam before performing any extraction and can offer treatment as needed. The most common reasons for needing extractions include:
- Your teeth are severely decayed
- Your tooth has cracked below the gum line
- You have advanced gum disease and your teeth are loose
- Your child has a stubborn baby tooth that isn’t falling out on its own
- You want to avoid the expense and time of needing other treatments
- You have severely overcrowded teeth
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted or only partially erupted through the gums
Who's a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Because extractions are done easily and safely in our practice, they’re suitable for patients of all ages. In fact, we can perform extractions on both adult and pediatric patients as needed. Our goal is to provide you with a healthy mouth that is free of problematic teeth. We can discuss sedation and anesthetic options prior to the surgery so that it’s comfortable for you.
What happens during a typical Tooth Extraction?
We will administer the sedation or the anesthetic of your choice. We then work to remove the tooth using special instruments and dental tools. Our next step is to place sutures as needed. If you have impacted teeth, we’ll have to create a tiny incision through the gums in order for the tooth to be removed. You will go home biting down on a piece of gauze that’s there to help stop any bleeding. Aftercare instructions are important in teaching you how to care for the extraction site and promote quicker healing.
If you think you may need to have a tooth extracted and want to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we can provide the help that you need.