What is a Dental Extraction?
Extractions are the surgical removal of a tooth. For certain procedures like implants, implant-supported dentures, or when you’ve suffered an injury and your tooth can’t be saved, your dentist may recommend the extraction of the affected tooth or teeth.
For many patients who are suffering from these issues, and extraction of the infected or
an injured tooth can relieve pain and help fight infection or disease.
What is the Procedure?
To begin, we will evaluate to determine if an extraction is the best option for you. Before an extraction, we will also get a fresh set of x-rays of the tooth, or teeth, that need to be extracted. These new x-rays will provide us with the correct information to help the extraction surgery go as smoothly as possible.
During your procedure, you won’t feel a thing as we will use a numbing shot or local anesthetic to keep you comfortable and pain-free.
To begin the extraction, we will make an incision in the gums near the tooth. The incision will make a flap that exposes the bone and tooth. The tooth will then be extracted from the bone, and we will work to clean any debris from the remaining bone. Gauze will be placed over the extraction site to help the opening clot properly and promote healing.
After the tooth is removed, you will be sent home with instructions for proper at-home care and cleaning, and you will be scheduled for a check-up and follow-up care. If you experience any complications such as excessive pain, discomfort, or swelling, contact our office immediately so that we can recommend a new course of treatment.
Though your extraction may alleviate any pain or discomfort, the gap created may cause your teeth to shift and require implants or a bridge to replace the missing tooth and prevent further oral health concerns.
For more information on extractions or to schedule an appointment, contact our office at (407) 682-5757.