What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is a simple oral surgery that involves removing an entire tooth from its socket. This can be done if a tooth is severely decayed or is loose due to gum disease. We often recommend that impacted wisdom teeth be removed because they could pose a threat to your oral health at some point in the future. In some cases, baby teeth will need to be extracted if they’re having a hard time falling out on their own.
Why would you need a Tooth Extraction?
There are many reasons for why you may need to have one or more of your teeth removed. Before the surgery, we will perform an examination as well as a full consultation with you to determine if this procedure is the best choice for you. Some common reasons for needing a tooth extraction include:
• The tooth is severely decayed and cannot be saved
• The tooth is loose due to gum disease
• There is significant bone loss in the area
• You have an impacted or partially erupted wisdom tooth
• Your child has baby teeth that aren’t falling out properly
• You don’t want to go through the hassle of other procedures and just want the tooth removed
What makes you a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions are considered oral surgery, but they are simply and quickly done in-office. Impacted teeth may require additional surgery as compared to a fully exposed tooth, but the process of removing the tooth is relatively similar. You will come into our office for a consult and exam with our doctors prior to any surgery. We will discuss sedation and anesthetic options with you before the procedure is performed.
What happens during the procedure for a Tooth Extraction?
For impacted teeth, we may recommend sedation to make the surgery more comfortable. This is especially true if you’re going to have multiple teeth removed at the same time. The teeth are carefully and effectively removed from the mouth. Sutures may be provided if they are necessary. You will bite down on gauze that helps to stop the bleeding. You will go home with aftercare instructions to keep the area clean and healing properly. Contact us immediately if you experience any post-surgical complications.
If you think you may need to have one or more of your teeth extracted or simply want to inquire more about this procedure, call us today so that our helpful staff members can better assist you.