WHAT ARE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS?
Extractions are done as a way to preserve your oral health and usually involve removing problematic or non-functioning teeth. In some cases, you may need to have teeth removed due to advanced gum disease.
WHY ARE TOOTH EXTRACTIONS NEEDED?
Extractions are often performed when there is no other way to save a tooth. Some teeth are simply an issue to your oral health, usually due to severe decay or infection, so it's best to remove them before they're allowed to cause systemic issues or cause problems to surrounding teeth. Some of the reasons you may want or need an extraction include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Severely decayed teeth
- Teeth that are cracked or broken below the gum line
- Stubborn baby teeth
- Loose teeth due to advanced gum disease
- For orthodontics or other functional treatment
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR TOOTH EXTRACTIONS?
With the help of an examination, we can determine if you might need an extraction. Most patients who need an extraction can and should have the procedure done. Leaving a problem tooth intact can cause issues down the road with infections and abscesses.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A TOOTH EXTRACTION?
The doctor will begin by getting the area numb where the extraction is to be performed. Once you're comfortable, your doctor will loosen and remove the tooth. Afterwards, you will be instructed to bite down on gauze to help stop any bleeding, and you will be given important aftercare instructions to follow at home.
*Not all tooth extractions can be done in our office. Many times, it is necessary for our patients to be referred to an oral surgeon for the best possible care. Your doctor will tell you at your examination appointment whether or not your extraction can be done in our office or if you need to be referred.*
If you think you might need a tooth extraction, call our office today and we will be happy to get you in for an exam and x-ray.