Tooth Extractions

Loose or Decayed Teeth

There are a number of reasons why tooth extractions may be needed. A very common reason involves a tooth that is too badly damaged, from trauma or decay, to be repaired. Our first priority is to save and preserve your natural smile, but there may come a time when a tooth is beyond the point of being able to be saved. Tooth extractions are safe and done comfortably in our office.

Tooth extractions are needed to prevent the need for more invasive and expensive treatments. Extractions may need to be done to remove a crowded mouth, infection, impacted wisdom teeth or removing baby teeth.

Once the tooth has been removed, the doctor will clean the area so the healing process can begin. While you are healing, the doctor can fit you with a temporary tooth. When the area has sufficiently healed, the doctor will discuss treatment options to permanently replace the extracted tooth.

Who is a Candidate for Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions

To determine if you’ll need a tooth extraction, we will perform an examination of the tooth that was badly damaged, from trauma or decay. The exam will provide us the chance to see if the tooth can be saved or if it needs to be removed.

Once the tooth is extracted, we will work with you to determine a way to replace the tooth. This helps to prevent gaps and spaces in your smile, which could lead to overcrowding.

What Happens During

Tooth Extractions

During the consultation appointment, we will provide you with information regarding the procedure. Before pulling the tooth, we will administer a local or general anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. In some instances, your dentist may use a strong general anesthetic to make you sleep through your tooth extraction procedure.

If the tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue that cover the tooth and then, using forceps, grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place. Sometimes, a hard-to-pull tooth must be removed in pieces. You’ll be given aftercare instructions on how to care for the surgical site after extraction surgery.

If you’d like to learn more about extractions and how they’re done, call us today so that we’re able to answer all of your questions regarding the procedure.

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