What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves fully removing one or more of your natural teeth. An extraction is a simple oral surgery that can be done in very little time in our office. The extraction is done to improve and protect your dental health. You may need to have wisdom teeth removed or you may have other teeth that should be extracted to prevent future problems from developing.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
To determine if an extraction is needed, you will have a consultation in our office so that we can decipher if this procedure will benefit your dental health. Extractions are always done to benefit your oral health. Some of the most common reasons for needing an extraction include:
• You have impacted or partially exposed wisdom teeth
• You have impacted canines
• You have severe decay
• A tooth has cracked, broken or fractured below the gum line
• You will be having implants placed
• You’re going to be fitted for a denture
• You have advanced periodontal disease
• One or more baby teeth aren’t falling out on their own
What makes you a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Impacted wisdom teeth and some other types of extractions may require an incision to be made through the gums. For multiple extractions, we may recommend general anesthesia to ensure that you’re comfortable during your time with us. Most patients who need to have an extraction done are good candidates for the actual procedure. We perform an exam and take x-rays before any extraction is performed.
What can you expect with a routine Tooth Extraction?
You will come in for a consultation to help in determining which type of sedation is needed and whether or not the extraction has to be done. You will then be scheduled to come in for the procedure. For simple extractions, the tooth is removed using specialized dental tools. For impacted teeth, an incision is made through the gums and the tooth completely removed. The gums may or may not receive stitches depending on the location and the size of the tooth removed. You’ll go home with important post-op instructions so that you can improve overall recovery.
If you think you might need to have a tooth extracted or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office now and one of our helpful staff members will further assist you.