What is a Tooth Extraction?
An extraction involves removing a tooth from your mouth that is decayed, compromised or problematic to your oral health. Extractions are often done when no other treatment is available to save a tooth or when the tooth poses a risk to your dental health and overall well-being. We perform extractions in our office quickly and safely. Extractions can be done on both adult and pediatric patients as needed.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
There are many different reasons for why you’d need to have a tooth removed. One or more of your teeth may be severely decayed or loose due to gum disease. You might have impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth that are painful or infected. Your child might have a stubborn baby tooth that isn’t falling out on its own. Likewise, a tooth might have cracked or broken so severely that it is no longer able to be saved.
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
To determine if you may need an extraction, we will perform an examination. We may take x-rays of the tooth to further identify if it can be saved and how to best remove it from the mouth. If you need to have an extraction done, it’s important to have the procedure performed as soon as possible to prevent further problems from occurring. You may need to have multiple extractions done prior to having a denture fitted.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
The procedure begins with anesthetic or sedative to help calm you down and numb the area being worked on. Once this is done, we will loosen the tooth and remove it from the mouth using specialized dental tools. Sutures may be placed to help close and seal the open gums. You’ll be instructed to bite down on a clean piece of gauze or cotton to stop any bleeding before leaving the office. It is important to follow all aftercare steps to prevent infection of the surgical sight.
If you would like to consult with us regarding extractions, call us today so that we can help in further answering any of your questions.