What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves completely removing an entire tooth from your mouth. Extractions are done as a way to both preserve your oral health as well as eliminate problem teeth. While we do everything that we can to save your smile, there may come a time when a tooth is beyond the point of being saved. When this happens, an extraction can be done to help prevent future issues.
Why is a Tooth Extraction needed?
Extractions can be done on both pediatric and adult patients. We will help to offer you other treatment options to help in preserving the tooth, if possible. Some of the reasons you’d need an extraction include:
- You have a loose or severely decayed tooth
- You need to be fitted for dentures
- A tooth has broken or cracked far below the gum line
- Your wisdom teeth are impacted or painful
- Your child has a stubborn baby tooth that isn’t falling out on its own
What makes you a candidate for Tooth Extraction?
With the help of an exam as well as x-rays, we can determine if you will need an extraction. Extractions are a great way to prevent future problems from occurring as well as promoting healthier teeth. Once a tooth is removed, we will work on ways to replace the tooth so that your smile is restored. Extractions are done safely and comfortably in our office on an as needed basis.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
The extraction process will begin with anesthetic to numb the area. For more invasive extractions, we will provide you with sedation to help relax you and calm you down. We then loosen the tooth and remove it from the mouth. This process is repeated for any remaining teeth. Sutures can be placed to close the gums, though this isn’t always necessary. You’ll bite down on gauze to stop any and all bleeding, and you’ll be ready to head home with a friend or relative.
If you’d like to learn more about extractions, call us today to schedule an appointment with our office offering one-on-one care and low wait times.