What are Tooth Extractions?
A tooth extraction involves removal of a tooth from its socket. One or multiple teeth can be extracted at a time. Most often, extractions are needed to improve the health of a patient’s mouth. Some extractions are necessary if there is no other way to save the tooth in question.
Why are Tooth Extractions needed?
A tooth extraction may be needed for a variety of different reasons. In order to determine if a tooth needs to be removed, you’ll need to come in for a consultation and exam. Some of the most common reasons for needing an extraction include:
• A tooth is severely decayed
• A tooth has broken or cracked below the gum line
• A tooth is loose because of gum disease
• A wisdom tooth is impacted or only partially erupted through the gums
• You’re having problems with your wisdom teeth
• A baby tooth isn’t coming out on its own
• A tooth is experiencing problems and you want to avoid more complicated procedures
What makes you a good candidate for Tooth Extractions?
Extractions are simple procedures that can be done in a short period of time in our office. For impacted teeth, like wisdom teeth, more complicated techniques are used and general sedation is normally recommended. We will perform an exam and consultation before any extraction is done. Most patients who need to have a tooth removed are good candidates for the procedure.
What can you expect with Tooth Extractions?
You’ll first have anesthetic administered to make the extraction more comfortable. For more complicated extractions or if multiple teeth need to be removed at the same time, we may recommend full sedation. The tooth is then carefully removed using special tools and techniques. The process of extracting a tooth generally takes less time than it would take for the area to become numb from anesthetic. You may need sutures after the tooth has been extracted, but this isn’t always the case. You will be sent home with important aftercare instructions. If you experience any post-op complications or if you have questions regarding your extraction after surgery, call our office immediately.
If you think you may need to have a tooth fully extracted or you want to know more about this procedure, call our office today and we’ll work to get you in for an appointment.