What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves removing one or more natural teeth from the mouth. Extractions are always done as a way to improve oral health and prevent problems from developing. An extraction can be done for both primary (baby) teeth as well as adult teeth. We aim to make the extraction process easy, quick and comfortable.
Why is a Tooth Extraction needed?
Extractions are necessary for a variety of reasons, but they are always done to better your oral health. An exam will help us determine if an extraction is necessary and if it is, we’ll consult with you about the process of removing one or more of your teeth. Some reasons you may need a tooth extraction include:
• One or more wisdom teeth are impacted or only partially exposed
• A tooth is severely decayed
• A tooth is loose due to periodontal disease
• A tooth has cracked, broken or fractured well below the gum line
• You want to avoid more complicated procedures
• A baby tooth isn’t coming out on its own
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What makes you a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions are relatively simple oral surgeries that can be done in minutes. In fact, most patients find that it takes longer for the local anesthetic to begin working than it does for the tooth to be removed. We will perform an exam to determine if and when a tooth may need to be extracted. The benefits of an extraction often far outweigh any complications that might be involved.
What happens during a typical Tooth Extraction?
The first step in extracting a tooth is providing you with anesthetic. Some patients prefer local anesthetic so that they can be awake during the procedure while others benefit from full or conscious sedation. Once you’re comfortable, the tooth is removed using specialized tools and techniques. The gums may need sutures (stitches) on an as-needed basis. For impacted wisdom teeth, a small incision is made through the gums to expose the underlying tooth and removed in a similar manner.
If you think you need to have a tooth extracted or want to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and we will work to answer any of your questions.