In this day and age with everything we know about prevention it is possible to retain our adult teeth for the duration of our lives. However, there are occasions where a tooth requires an extraction. An extraction may be necessary for the following reasons:
- The tooth is damaged beyond repair from trauma or decay
- An infection is present that can’t be cured by Root Canal Therapy
- Periodontal Disease has caused the tooth to become loose beyond repair
- The mouth is too crowded and there is no room for a tooth
- A tooth has become impacted
What to expect at your appointment:
- Your dentist will administer local anesthetic to the area where the tooth is to be removed.
- Once adequately “frozen” the tooth will be removed using a rocking motion to loosen it from the surrounding bone
- Pressure will be applied to the area via biting on a guaze pad to stop the bleeding
- Occasional a few stitches may be placed to aid in healing
- Instructions will be given to you explaining how to care for the extraction site at home
For more complicated extractions such as impacted wisdom teeth, your dentist will refer you to a specialist known as an Oral Surgeon. Our electronic records and digital x-rays allow a quick and easy transfer of your information to your specialist and once your treatment is completed, your specialist will provide us with a detailed report of your treatment for our records.