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 advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, 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.
We are extremely confident and comfortable performing extractions in our office under local anesthesia. We will use Nitrous Oxide with some of our patients to assist in reducing anxiety. Our office does not offer IV sedation; however, we refer to oral surgeons that can offer that service.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
The only way to know if a tooth needs to be extracted is by having an x-ray taken in our office and discussing options with the dentist. Typically, if a tooth is to be extracted, the patient is either in or has had considerable pain/swelling associated with the tooth. Call our office to discuss your options and figure out if an extraction is right for you.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
During the extraction procedure, the tooth and surrounding tissue is completely numb. Therefore, you feel lots of pushing and pulling and hear some funny noises; however, there should not be pain. If a tooth is extremely infected, and we are unable to properly anesthetize the area, we may decide to start the patient on an antibiotic and see them back a few days later to have the tooth removed.
How long is the healing process?
The healing process varies depending on health factors, the number of teeth extracted, the severity of infection present in the mouth, the amount of trauma caused in the extraction process, as well as numerous other factors. On average, there is typically discomfort in the area for 1-2 days. The socket will slowly close over as bone fills in the void left by the roots of the tooth and completely seal off after approximately 4-6 weeks. "Dry sockets" result from the clot being dislodged from the extraction site during the healing process. This can be extremely uncomfortable and substantially lengthen the typically healing period.