There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted, including irreversible tooth decay, severely traumatized teeth or severely abscessed teeth. Extraction procedures are designed to remove teeth while minimizing pain and recovery time. During a checkup, we’ll be able to determine whether a tooth requires an extraction or if the tooth can be restored using other techniques. On some occasions, removing an infected tooth is the only treatment that will prevent the condition from spreading to other parts of the mouth.
When you come in for an extraction, you’re given a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area of the tooth. If you’re having several teeth removed, we may administer a general anesthetic that causes sedation throughout the procedure. Before the procedure begins, we’ll take you through the process and make sure that you’re as comfortable as possible.
Since your teeth are attached to the jaw with ligaments, we use specialized instruments that loosen the bond between the tooth and the jaw in order to completely extract the tooth.
After the tooth has been completely removed, stitches may be required in order to properly heal. Noticeable swelling is common immediately after the removal, and you should avoid eating, drinking, smoking and certain other physical activities until you’ve had a chance to heal.
If you have any questions or are experiencing severe discomfort throughout the recovery process, please contact us right away.