Protect Your Oral Health with Tooth Removal
Restorative dentistry provides a wealth of services to repair your teeth and address disease. However, when damage is too severe or when a disease has progressed too far, the best solution may be to remove the tooth with an extraction. We suggest extractions only after we have exhausted other potential treatments.
An extraction is a surgical procedure that will begin with the numbing of the affected tooth and surrounding tissues. Your dentist will then carefully loosen the tooth from your jawbone, removing it with dental forceps. Once your tooth has been removed, you will need to rest and follow specific instructions for recovery, which will include:
- You may need to apply pressure to stop minor bleeding that will stop within 24 hours.
- You will need to rest and may need to take limited time off from work or school.
- Your body will form a clot in the remaining open space as part of the healing process – to avoid a painful disorder called dry socket, you must avoid dislodging the clot. In addition to leaving the area alone, you must avoid making a sucking motion to prevent this from happening.
Extractions provide you with an immediate solution to a severe oral concern, including:
- Root canal treatment has failed and removing your tooth will prevent an abscess or the spread of infection
- Your tooth is too damaged to remain in place or function
- A dental crown cannot provide adequate support for your tooth
- Your wisdom tooth is impacted or is growing it on an angle that may result in smile misalignment
After Your Extraction
To replace your missing tooth, we will speak with you about dental prosthetics. You may choose from a dental bridge, partial denture, or dental implant to replace the tooth for a complete smile and restored function.