Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
If the dentist cannot save a tooth, it needs to be removed. If a large cavity compromises too much of your tooth’s structure, making it too weak to repair, a extraction will be needed. Severe fractures and cracks are also prime reasons for tooth extractions.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
The dentist will first numb the area so you don’t feel any discomfort during your procedure. Next they will use appliances to loosen your tooth while it’s still in it’s socket. Lastly, when the tooth is finally loose, forceps will then be used to extract the tooth.
What is the aftercare process?
After the tooth is extracted, you will be instructed to bite on a piece of gauze for up to 45 minutes. Light bleeding may occur for the next 24 hours which is normal, as well as facial swelling. Soft and cool foods are recommended so you don’t irritate the extraction site. As you heal, you will be able to resume your regular diet