A tooth extraction is a procedure that is designed to remove a tooth from a patient’s mouth. In some cases, a tooth is beyond the point of being saved and should be removed. For some, the tooth offers no benefits and could become a risk to dental health in the future. Extractions are always done safely and comfortably in our office at the patient’s convenience.
WHY WOULD A TOOTH EXTRACTION BE NEEDED?
There are a few reasons for why you might need to have a tooth removed. A tooth might have broken below the gum line or is loose, severely decayed or compromised otherwise. You might have an impacted wisdom tooth, or your child may have a baby tooth that simply isn’t falling out on its own. Extractions are always done on an as-needed basis, and we try our best to preserve teeth as much as possible.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
To determine if an extraction is needed, we will perform an examination and take x-rays. If you need an extraction, we recommend coming in as soon as possible to have it done. This helps to prevent further damage to your oral health by keeping the tooth in place. Extractions can be done on both pediatric and adult patients’ teeth.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
We first numb the area with a local anesthetic. The tooth is then loosened and lifted out of the socket with specialty dental instruments. If sutures are needed, they will be placed immediately after the tooth is removed. We then have you bite down on a piece of gauze to stop all bleeding. You will go home with important post-operative instructions to ensure the area heals properly. We are here to help if you experience any complications after the extraction has been done. You can expect some pain and swelling after the procedure, but this will subside within a matter of one or two days.
If you would like to learn more about extractions and how they’re done in our office, call us today to speak with one of our helpful team members.