What is a Tooth Extraction?
An extraction involves fully removing a tooth from the mouth. This is often done when other treatments are unavailable or have failed. For example, a patient with severely advanced gum disease will often benefit from extractions rather than trying to save the loose, damaged teeth. Wisdom teeth and stubborn baby teeth could pose a threat to your oral health and should be extracted as well.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
Extractions are done safely and easily in our office. We always help to find treatments available to save a damaged tooth before removing it. Some of the reasons you may need an extraction include:
- A tooth is severely decayed
- A tooth has cracked or broken below the gum line
- A tooth is impacted and painful (wisdom teeth)
- A baby tooth is being stubborn and not falling out
- Other treatments have failed to save the tooth
- You want to avoid the expense and inconvenience of other treatments
Who is a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Alfonso will examine your teeth to determine if you may need to have an extraction done. Extractions are done on an as-needed basis, but we will listen to our patients and their own needs and desires for having work done. If other treatments are available, we will always recommend these before simply removing a tooth. Once the tooth is removed, we can help in providing you with options to replace it.
What happens during a Tooth Extraction?
To begin the extraction, we will administer a local anesthetic or general sedation as needed. Dr. Alfonso then loosens and lifts the tooth out of the underlying bone, or socket. Sutures may be placed to help close up the gums and promote even, quick healing. You will bite down on gauze to stop any bleeding before leaving the office. You will be given important care instructions to ensure that the area heals properly. You can expect some pain and swelling for the first few days after surgery.
If you would like to learn more about extractions, call the office today to schedule an appointment with one of our friendly team members.