Tooth Removal (Extraction)
When tooth extraction is needed
Generally, we recommend treatments that will save teeth, but when a tooth is so damaged that it cannot be saved, extraction is the best choice. Extraction might be best for :
- teeth that are fractured below the gumline
- severe tooth decay
- advanced periodontal disease
- crowded primary/baby teeth not falling out properly
- impacted / non impacted wisdom teeth
Before the extraction procedure is started, we will thoroughly numb the area. After several minutes we check the area to make sure it's completely numb. During the procedure, you may feel pressure when the tooth is being removed, but you shouldn't feel any pain. If you do feel discomfort we'll stop and give you more anesthetic. We take dental anxiety seriously and want to make sure you are comfortable through the entire experience. Sometimes, IV sedation is necessary to facilitate the comfort of the patient.
Taking care of yourself after the extraction
To minimize any problems once the tooth is removed it is very important that you follow our post-operative instructions carefully. These instructions will explain how to control bleeding, control pain and swelling, prevent a dry socket and what to eat and not to eat.
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Benefits of Extracting teeth
An extraction is sometimes the best treatment choice for preventing many future dental problems. Depending on your situation, these problems might include the risk of infection, spread of periodontal disease, cysts in the jawbone or severely crowded or misaligned teeth. Many times, a missing tooth will need replaced with a Dental Implant.