What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves completely removing a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are often done when other treatments aren’t enough to save a damaged or severely infected tooth. Likewise, extractions can be done on otherwise problematic teeth that serve no purpose to your oral health, like wisdom teeth or stubborn baby teeth. Our goal is to perform these extractions in a safe and comfortable manner for all patients.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
There are many reasons for why an extraction may be needed. We do everything we can to help save a tooth, when needed. Some of these reasons include:
- A tooth has become severely infected or decayed
- A tooth is loose due to gum disease
- A tooth has severely broken or cracked
- A wisdom tooth is painful or impacted
- A baby tooth isn’t falling out on its own
What makes you a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
To determine if an extraction needs to be done, we will perform an examination. If there is a way for us to save the tooth in question, we will provide you with options before simply removing the tooth. It’s not uncommon for patients to request extractions in place of other, more invasive procedures. Extractions should be done as soon as they are needed to prevent further damage to your oral health.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
The extraction process begins with anesthetic to numb the area. We then work to loosen the tooth and remove it fully using special dental instruments. Sutures may be needed after removing a tooth, and they will be placed immediately following the extraction. We then have you bite down on a piece of cotton or gauze to stop any bleeding before you leave the office. By keeping the area clean and undisturbed, it should heal in a matter of about a week. You can expect some pain and swelling for a few days following the procedure itself.
If you think you may need to have a tooth extracted, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.