What is a Tooth Extraction?

In some cases, a tooth is beyond the point of being saved and should be extracted. Extractions involve the complete removal of a natural tooth. For certain extractions, they are done to remove and eliminate a tooth that is damaged, decayed or loose. Some patients may need to have an extraction done because a tooth may pose a problem in the future, like an impacted wisdom tooth.

Why might a Tooth Extraction be needed?

You might need to have a tooth extracted if it’s been severely damaged, is loose or if it’s severely decayed. It is often best to remove a compromised tooth rather than try to fix it or save it. We might recommend an extraction if you have an impacted wisdom tooth or if your child has a stubborn baby tooth that isn’t falling out on its own. Our goal is to make the extraction procedure as quick and painless as possible for you or your loved one.

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Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?

To determine if an extraction is needed, we will perform an examination and take x-rays. We try our best to preserve your teeth as much as possible, so we may suggest other options when it comes to saving the tooth. If we do remove the tooth, we’ll help in finding ways to replace it, if possible. Most patients who need an extraction can and should consider having it done.

What happens during a Tooth Extraction?

The tooth extraction process is quick and easy. It begins with anesthetic that is used to numb an area of your mouth. We then use special tools to loosen and lift the tooth in question, removing it completely. Sutures may be needed to close up the gums and help them to heal. You will then bite down on some gauze to stop bleeding before leaving the office. We provide you with aftercare instructions on how to clean around the area and what you can and cannot eat until the extraction site is fully healed.

If you would like to learn more about extractions and how they’re done, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment at your earliest convenience.

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