What is a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions involve completely removing one or more of your teeth. They are done in an attempt to improve and correct your overall oral health. In some cases, a tooth is beyond the point of being saved and needs to be removed. For other patients, leaving a tooth in place poses more of a risk than simply removing it, as is the case with many wisdom teeth.
Why might a Tooth Extraction be needed?
You might need to have a tooth extracted if it is severely decayed, damaged or loose. Removing the tooth and replacing it can benefit your overall oral health. You might need to have a tooth removed if it’s impacted or if a baby tooth isn’t falling out on its own. Extractions are always done when all other treatment options have failed or if there is no other way to save the problematic tooth.
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
With the help of an exam, we will determine if an extraction is necessary. If you need to have a tooth removed, it is important to have the procedure done as soon as feasibly possible. This prevents the tooth from affecting your oral health and causing more problems over time. Extractions can be done on both pediatric and adult patients who need the procedure.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
We begin by numbing the area of your mouth needing the extraction. We offer other sedative options to help make the procedure more comfortable for you. We then use special instruments to loosen and then lift the tooth out of its socket. Sutures may be necessary if the gums need to be closed. You’ll bite on some gauze to stop any bleeding before leaving the office. The extraction procedure is done quickly and painlessly in our office. We will work on ways to replace the tooth once it’s been removed, if necessary.
If you’d like to learn more about extractions, call us today and one of our friendly staff members will be happy to help you.