What is Tooth Extraction?
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM TOOTH EXTRACTION?
The idea of tooth extraction can sometimes be disconcerting, but tooth extraction may be a medical necessity for your long-term oral health. You may be a potential candidate if you have:
- Severely broken, cracked or damaged teeth
- Necrotic teeth (dead, or non-vital teeth)
- Teeth associated with advanced periodontal disease
- Extremely malpositioned or nonfunctional teeth
Other treatment alternatives should be explored before deciding on tooth extraction. During the consultation process, your surgeon will be able to determine if tooth extraction is the best option available for you.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION
There are two types of extractions – simple or surgical. Both techniques are performed under local anesthesia. In a simple extraction, your surgeon will grasp the tooth using forceps (surgical tweezers) and gently loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth until the tooth is ready to be pulled out.
During surgical extraction, your surgeon will create a flap around the target tooth through an incision made in the gum tissue. Surgical extraction may require removing portions of bone to free the tooth. Some teeth may need to be removed in sections. All incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.
AFTER YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION
It is important not to disturb the treatment area(s) for the first 72 hours. You should avoid brushing your teeth, smoking, drinking alcohol or using straws during this initial healing phase. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort. Most patients are able resume normal routines within a couple of days.
UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF TOOTH EXTRACTION
All surgical procedures, including tooth extraction, present a certain degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed in depth during the consultation process. Some potential risks associated with tooth extraction may include infection, bleeding, changes in sensation, dry socket or nerve damage.
IF YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP
Contact us to schedule a consultation for tooth extraction. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to review photos and discuss details such as the cost and expected recovery time.