What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is a simple oral surgery that involves removing a tooth from your mouth. Extractions can be done on both adult as well as primary (baby) teeth easily and quickly in our office. Extractions are always done to better the health of your mouth and to prevent future problems from developing. Along with your regular adult teeth needing extraction, many patients benefit from having their wisdom teeth removed.
Why is a Tooth Extraction needed?
Extractions are always done to improve the health and overall wellness of your smile. An extraction may be necessary or requested if severe decay is found or if a tooth has cracked or broken below the gum line. Wisdom teeth often need to be extracted if they do not have enough room in the mouth to fully come through the gums. Primary (baby) teeth that are having problems coming out on their own may need to be professionally extracted.
What makes you a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Most tooth extractions can be done with local anesthetic, so they are suitable for the majority of patients needing them. For more complicated extractions, like impacted wisdom teeth, you may need general anesthetic to have the procedure done. Before you have an extraction done, we’ll examine your teeth and take x-rays to see if anything else can be done to save the tooth. Extractions are safe and effective procedures, and they can eliminate any pain or discomfort the patient is feeling.
What can you expect when having a Tooth Extraction done?
You will come into our office and receive either local or general anesthetic according to your needs. We will discuss your sedation options before the procedure begins. We will then use special tools and instruments to carefully remove the tooth in question and apply sutures only if needed. You’ll bite down on a piece of gauze and will be instructed when to remove it after leaving the office. For impacted wisdom teeth, incisions through the gum will be made to help us gain access to the teeth to remove them. Most people recover fully from their extractions within just a few days.
If you think you might need to have a tooth extracted and would like to learn more about this procedure, call our office today so that our helpful staff members can further assist you.