What exactly is a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions involve the total and complete removal of one or more of your teeth. This procedure can be done during an emergency appointment if the tooth is causing you pain. It may also be done as a preventative method, as is the case with wisdom teeth. Extractions are done quickly, easily, and comfortably in our office.
Why might you need to have a Tooth Extracted?
Tooth extractions are one of the most common procedures done in the dental field. When there is no other way to save a tooth, you may be advised to have it completely removed. In some cases, a patient may not want to go through more invasive procedures and treatments to save the tooth, so they instruct us to have it removed. Some of the most common reasons to have a tooth extracted include:
- Severe decay
- Loose teeth
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Impacted teeth (wisdom teeth)
- Baby teeth
What makes you a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions aren’t for everyone, and in most cases, it’s a good idea to try to save the tooth rather than removing it permanently. However, an exam and consultation is required before having the tooth extracted. During this exam, we can help to determine if an extraction is the right option for you. In certain cases, we will advise you to have a tooth pulled because it may pose a problem in the future, as is the case with wisdom teeth.
What should you expect during a routine Tooth Extraction?
You will have the area that will be having the extraction anesthetized to ensure your comfort. The tooth is then removed with a variety of tools. Our doctors are able to remove your tooth quickly, easily, and comfortably. If sutures are needed, these will be placed immediately after the tooth is removed. You will be given a piece of gauze to bite down on to stop any bleeding, and will be instructed on when to remove it. You will leave the office with specific surgical aftercare instructions. It is important that you follow these instructions to ensure proper healing of the surgical site.
If you think you may need to have a tooth completely extracted, call us today and one of our office representatives can help schedule an appointment for you.