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When we cannot treat a tooth your dentist may suggest an extraction – or, more simply, tooth removal. This conservative recommendation is always our final suggestion for a tooth that your dentist cannot save otherwise. For example, if you have an infected tooth for which root canal treatment fails, an extraction will relieve your discomfort while safeguarding the rest of your smile. Or, we may suggest extraction for impacted or poorly developed wisdom teeth.
Why Do I Need An Extraction?
Your tooth is composed of layers of tissue, dental pulp, nerves and blood vessels, and it reaches down to your jawbone. When a tooth becomes significantly damaged or infected, it places surrounding tissues and structures at risk. When we cannot save your tooth, we will suggest an extraction to protect your surrounding oral cavity, including your other teeth, gums, and jawbone. You may need an extraction as a result of a severely infected tooth, teeth that have become loose or damaged due to gum disease, or because a trauma damaged your tooth beyond repair.
What Can I Expect From An Extraction?
We encourage patients to remember that our priorities at Oasis Family Dental include providing comfort, convenience, and customized care. Our dentist and on-staff anesthesiologist will ensure you feel comfortable throughout your procedure. Your dentist will carefully make an incision in your gum tissue, removing the tooth in question with special dental forceps.
What Happens After An Extraction?
You and your dentist will create a care plan to replace your tooth with a beautiful prosthetic, such as a dental bridge or implant. However, you will first need to heal. In the case of a surgical extraction – such as wisdom teeth removal – you may need to take time off from work or school. For successful recovery, you will eat soft foods and will need to avoid making a sucking motion with your mouth. When you suck in, the clots that form at the extraction site may become dislodged. These clots allow your mouth to heal. Once dislodged, you may develop a painful condition called dry socket, which will require additional treatment.