Tooth Extractions

While removing teeth is usually a last resort, sometimes it becomes necessary to preserve your overall oral health. If a tooth cannot be saved through procedures such as a root canal, your dentist will need to extract the tooth. Our office performs both simple tooth extractions and more complex wisdom tooth extractions if wisdom teeth become impacted.

Reasons for Tooth Extractions

There are a few reasons you might need to have a tooth extracted.

  • Deep decay that makes root canals impossible
  • Teeth that have been injured or damaged beyond repair
  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Wisdom teeth that have become impacted
  • Extra teeth, such as baby teeth that have not fallen out

Tooth Extraction Procedure

Tooth extraction can be as simple as your dentist numbing the area with a local anesthetic, severing the periodontal ligament, and removing the tooth. In some cases, the tooth may need to be cut into segments before it can be removed. However, surgical procedures are sometimes required for teeth that are hard to access, such as wisdom teeth.

During a surgical tooth extraction, you will be sedated with a general anesthetic. Your dentist will then make incisions in the gum tissue surrounding the tooth and use a drill to remove bone tissue. The tooth will then be removed.

After either type of extraction, your dentist will pack the area with gauze so that the wound clots. You will need to be careful not to disturb the clot as the wound heals. This means eating soft foods, avoiding drinking through straws, and brushing the area gently until the area is healed.

If you have questions about tooth extraction or would like to learn more about the procedure, contact our office today!

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Tooth Extractions