We go to great lengths to save and maintain every tooth possible, however on occasion teeth must be lost either due to decay or gum disease. If the need arises we can assure that you will be completely comfortable.
An extraction is a procedure that removes a tooth from your mouth. It is required when a tooth is damaged beyond practical repair. Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair a tooth
- Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting tissues, adjacent teeth and bone structures of your mouth
- A tooth may be extracted if it is preventing other teeth from erupting
- During orthodontic (dental braces) work, teeth may need to be extracted to create space for the teeth that are being moved into place
- Wisdom teeth are often extracted either before or after they come in and for several different reasons
What to expect during an extraction?
The dentist will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain. Typically, this procedure only takes a matter of minutes to complete.
Immediately after the extraction, slight bleeding is normal. Gauze is placed in the affected area to reduce and absorb the bleeding. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. We will provide you with instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow to ensure safe and effective healing.