What is a Tooth Extraction?
Extracting a tooth simply means that it is removed fully from the mouth. While we do everything in our power to preserve and save teeth, there may come a time when an extraction is the better option for your dental health. Extractions can be performed on both adult and pediatric patients on an as needed basis. We perform this simple oral surgery in our office in a comfortable, safe manner.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
Extractions may be needed for a variety of different reasons. In some cases, our patients request that a tooth be removed to prevent the need for other, more complex procedures. Some of the reasons for needing an extraction include:
- A tooth is severely decayed or loose
- You have advanced gum disease
- You are going to have a denture made and placed
- A tooth has cracked or broken below the gum line
- You have a painful impacted wisdom tooth
- Your child’s baby teeth aren’t falling out on their own
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions are always done safely and comfortably in our office. Most of our patients will benefit from having the procedure done in an attempt to improve their overall dental health. Before an extraction is performed, we will provide you with ways to both preserve the tooth as well as replace it once it’s removed. We offer sedation options to make the extraction process easier.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
We first administer either a local or general anesthetic of your choosing. We then loosen the tooth before removing it from the mouth completely. Extractions are done using specialized dental instruments that are designed to loosen and lift teeth from underlying bone. Sutures may be placed in order to close the gums so that they can heal properly. You’ll bite down on gauze to stop all bleeding and will be given aftercare instructions. You’ll then go home and can expect some slight pain and swelling for just the first day or two following extraction surgery.
If you’d like to learn more about extractions and how they are done, call us today so that we can help to answer any and all of your questions. Our office offers low wait times and a one-on-one approach to your family’s care for a superior experience.