Extractions Are Relatively Simple Oral Surgery Procedures That Involve Removal of a Complete Tooth.
What Are Extractions?
An extraction is safely performed when a tooth has to be removed from the mouth. Extractions are done when there is no other treatment available to save a tooth or if the tooth in question poses a threat to your dental or oral health. Adult and baby teeth can be extracted as well as wisdom teeth. You’ll require a consultation before an extraction is performed.
Why Is an Extraction Needed?
Extractions are relatively simple oral surgery procedures that involve removal of a complete tooth. Some reasons you’d need an extraction include:
• You have impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth
• You have a severely decayed tooth
• A tooth has cracked or fractured below the gum line
• A baby tooth isn’t coming out on its own
• You want the tooth removed as opposed to having more extensive treatment to save the tooth
What Makes You a Candidate for an Extraction?
Sedation is required for most extractions, but you can choose if you’d like local anesthesia. For more complicated extractions, like impacted wisdom teeth, we may recommend additional options. You’ll come in for a consultation before any extraction is performed. You must be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery so that the area heals properly.
What Can Be Expected During a Tooth Extraction?
For impacted wisdom teeth, an incision is made through the gums to gain access to the teeth themselves. The wisdom teeth are removed and the gums sutured to promote faster and more even healing. For all other teeth, extractions are done using specialized instruments to carefully loosen and lift the tooth from its socket. You’ll bite down on gauze to stop any bleeding and will be sent home with care instructions. It’s important to care for and maintain the surgical site so that it heals properly and so that you do not experience post-operative complications.
If you think you need to have one or more of your teeth removed, call us today and we’ll be happy to get you in for a consultation appointment.