Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, or impacted, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
If a tooth is beyond repair because of decay, broken, or bone loss then an extraction would be necessary. I a tooth is giving you constant pain then it may need to be extracted.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
An x-ray will be taken of the tooth or teeth that are bothering you. After determining that an extraction is the best option then we will numb the tooth and the area around the tooth in order to perform the extraction. We will then take the tooth out. Sometimes it may be necessary to have stitches put in the area of the extraction.
How long is the healing process?
The healing process is between 4-7 days. If you are having problems beyond that please let us know. Sometimes the healing process is delayed because of a "dry socket". If you get a "dry socket" then we would need to see you in order to place a medicated dressing in the extraction site.