What is a Tooth Extraction?
An extraction involves removing an entire tooth from inside the mouth. While we do everything we possibly can to save teeth, there may come a time when a tooth is beyond the point of being preserved. For some patients, it’s recommended that they have teeth removed if the tooth itself poses a threat to their future oral health. This is often the case for impacted wisdom teeth or stubborn baby teeth.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
There are many reasons for requiring an extraction. Once an extraction is performed, we can help to find treatment options to replace the tooth. Some of the most common reasons for needing an extraction include:
- A tooth is loose due to periodontal disease
- A tooth is severely decayed
- A tooth has broken or cracked far below the gum line
- A wisdom tooth is impacted, painful or infected
- You want to avoid other, more invasive treatments
- Your child has a stubborn baby tooth that isn’t falling out on its own
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
With an examination, we can determine if an extraction is needed. For some of our patients with severely advanced gum disease, we may suggest removing all infected, decayed or loose teeth in order to place a denture. Extractions are typically done as a last-resort treatment. We always try to preserve teeth whenever possible to prevent them from being removed.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
Extracting a tooth is a simple and relatively straightforward process. We begin the procedure by administering either a local or general anesthetic. We then loosen the tooth using specialized dental tools to make it easier to remove from the mouth. Once removed, we may place sutures (stitches) in order to close the gums and promote even, quick healing of the soft tissues. You’ll bite down on gauze to stop any bleeding and can go home once the bleeding has stopped. You can expect some pain, tenderness and swelling for the first day or two following the extraction.
If you’d like to learn more about extractions and how they’re done, call us today to speak with one of our professional and friendly team members.