An extraction involves total and complete removal of one of your natural, existing teeth. Extractions are often done when there is nothing more that can be done to save a tooth or the procedure can be done as a way to help maintain optimal oral health. Certain teeth should be extracted to prevent future problems from occurring, as is the case with wisdom teeth. There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. Simple extractions are those that the dentist can see above the gum line. A surgical extraction is more complex and is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth, as in wisdom teeth removal. Extractions are done safely and easily in our Riverwalk Dental Group office.
What is a Dental Extraction?
Dr. Shkolnick explains what a dental extraction is and what kind of anesthesia is used.
Why are Extractions needed?
Each patient is different when it comes to why a specific tooth needs to be removed. Prior to the extraction procedure, an exam and consultation is required to ensure that you’d benefit from treatment. Some common reasons for needing an extraction include:
• A tooth has become severely decayed and can not be saved
• A tooth is loose due to periodontal (gum) disease
• A tooth needs to be removed in order to make room for orthodontic work
• A tooth is impacted and cannot come through the gums on its own (wisdom teeth)
• A tooth has caused or will cause severe dental problems (wisdom teeth)
• A baby tooth is having difficulties coming out on its own
• A tooth has become a problem and you don’t want to undergo more complicated procedure
What makes you a good candidate for Extractions?
Extractions are relatively simple oral surgeries that can often be done with local anesthetic. Sedation options are available to make the procedure more comfortable for you or your child. To determine if an extraction is needed, you’ll come into our Riverwalk Dental Group and have a consultation and examination. X-rays and other images may be needed if impacted teeth are involved.
What can be expected during the Extraction procedure?
You will first receive anesthetic or sedation of your choice. For more complicated extractions, like impacted wisdom teeth, we may recommend general anesthesia so that the procedure is more comfortable for you. During the procedure, the tooth is completely removed from its socket using specialized dental instruments. If the tooth is impacted, a small incision is needed through the gums to gain access to the tooth. Sutures may or may not be necessary to close the extraction site. You’ll go home with important aftercare instructions that are necessary to promote optimal healing.
If you think you might need to have a tooth extracted or want to know more about this procedure, call us today and we’ll work to get you in for an appointment.