What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves fully removing one or more of your teeth. We always perform extractions on an as-needed basis and take every step necessary to help preserve the tooth. Unfortunately, there may come a time when removing a tooth is the only option. Extractions are done easily, quickly and safely in our office at your own convenience.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
Extractions are always done to benefit the health of your teeth and mouth. We will perform an exam to determine if you may need an extraction. Some of the reasons you may want or need an extraction include:
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Severe decay
- Teeth that have severely cracked or broken
- You want to avoid more complicated procedures
- Stubborn baby teeth
- Serious overcrowding
“This past visit I saw Dr. Mahale. This was the first time I have seen her. She had a great bed side manner, was gentle, nice and very thorough. “
Who’s a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
We will perform an exam before doing any type of extraction. Most patients who need an extraction can safely have the procedure done and will benefit from the work being done. Extractions can be done under general sedation or local anesthetic, and we’ll discuss your sedation options with you during your consultation appointment. We will offer other treatment options to save the tooth prior to recommending an extraction.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
You will come in and receive the sedation or anesthetic that you’ve requested at your consultation appointment. We then work to remove the tooth using a variety of dental instruments and tools. For impacted teeth, we’ll need to make an incision through the gums to gain access to the tooth to remove it. We may place sutures as needed, but these aren’t always necessary at the time of extraction. You’ll be sent home biting down on a piece of gauze and will be given aftercare instructions. Be sure to avoid smoking or drinking through straws several days after surgery as this can cause a condition known as dry socket.
If you think you may need a tooth extraction, call us now and we will help to get you in for a consultation appointment to be seen.