Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. In this case, the tooth needs to be extracted. A very loose tooth also will require extraction if it can't be saved. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
At the time of surgery, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth or teeth to be extracted with a local anesthetic, specifically numbing the affected tooth or teeth, your jawbone and the surrounding gums.
During the simple extraction process it is common to feel a lot of pressure. The affected tooth is firmly rocked back and forth so as to loosen it for removal. You should not feel any pain, just pressure.
What should I do after the extraction?
Our dentists will give you detailed instructions to follow after the your extraction appointment. If you have any questions, make sure to ask us before leaving the office.
Having a tooth taken out is surgery. You can expect some discomfort after even simple extractions, which is usually mild. Our instructions will allow the area to heal quickly and properly and also minimize any discomfort you will feel after the appointment.
Do my wisdom teeth need to be extracted?
Wisdom teeth — the third molars in the very back of your mouth — may not need to be removed if they are:
Grown in completely (fully erupted)
Positioned correctly and biting properly with their opposing teeth
Able to be cleaned as part of daily hygiene practices
Many times, however, wisdom teeth don't have room to grow properly and can cause problems. Erupting wisdom teeth can grow at various angles in the jaw, sometimes even horizontally. Since person’s wisdom teeth are different, using an examination & x-rays we will make recommendations on a case-by-case basis.