What is a Tooth Extraction?
Tooth extractions involve completely removing one or more of your teeth. Extractions are done as a way to promote and protect oral health. In some cases, a tooth is beyond the point of saving and no other treatment is available to keep it in place. In other instance, a tooth may pose a risk to your oral health if it is left intact.
Why is a Tooth Extraction needed?
Extractions are needed for a wide range of different reasons. They can be done on both pediatric and adult patients alike. Some of the reasons you’d need an extraction include:
- You have a tooth that is severely decayed
- Your tooth is loose due to gum disease
- A tooth has cracked below the gum line
- You have an impacted or problematic wisdom tooth
- Your child has a stubborn baby tooth that isn’t falling out on its own
- You want to avoid the time and expense of other treatments
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
With an examination, we will determine if an extraction is needed and if so, the best way to go about removing the tooth. X-rays will allow us to see underneath the surface of the tooth and gum line, which helps in creating a special treatment plan just for you. Most people who need an extraction can benefit from the procedure. If a tooth needs to be removed, it’s better to have the work done sooner rather than later.
What happens during Tooth Extractions?
We first numb the area or provide you with conscious sedation to relax you during your appointment. Sedation options will be discussed during your consultation appointment with us. We then use special tools to loosen and remove the tooth. We may place sutures (stitches) if they are needed, but this isn’t always necessary. We then have you bite down on gauze or cotton to stop all bleeding. You will be given a care sheet that provides you with information on keeping the surgical site clean while it is healing.
If you think you might need to have a tooth removed, call our office and we will be happy to answer any and all of your questions.