What are Tooth Extractions?
Extractions are done as a way to preserve your oral health and remove problematic teeth. In some cases, you may need to have teeth removed because of advanced gum disease or extensive tooth decay. Often times, immediate implants can be placed at the time of extraction. In other cases, you'll need an extraction because you have an impacted wisdom tooth. We always perform extractions in our office in a safe, comfortable and relaxed manner with the option for sedation and general anesthesia.
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, so it's best to remove them before they're allowed to cause issues with shifting, infection and intra-oral damage. Some of the reasons you may want or need an extraction include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Loose or severely decayed teeth
- Teeth that are cracked or broken below the gum line
- Stubborn baby teeth
- Dental implants are a more effective solution as opposed to additional treatment
Who is a candidate for Tooth Extractions?
Everyone is a candidate for tooth extractions. With the help of an examination, a referral from your dentist, and a full understanding of your health history, our team will determine and identify the need for an extraction. Leaving a problem tooth intact can cause issues down the road with infections and abscesses.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
Our goal is to provide a pain-free experience throughout your procedure. We can discuss the anesthetic options (local or sedation) with you during your consultation. Once you're comfortable, we will loosen and remove the tooth. We may place dissolvable sutures if they are needed to close the gums. An option to place an immediate implant at the same time of extraction is possible. This option will be discussed during your consultation. If you've been sedated, you will be monitored by our staff members until you're fully awake. You should be brought home by a responsible adult if sedation or general anesthesia has been used. We provide our patients with important aftercare instructions that must be followed.
If you think you might need tooth extractions, contact one of our 8 locations today and we will be happy to further assist you.