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 an 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.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
The dentist will do a complete exam and will try to save or repair a bad tooth. Certain situations however may arise where a tooth cannot be repaired and must be extracted.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
During the extraction procedure, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process it is common to feel pressure. You should not feel any pain, just pressure. If, for any reason, you feel pain, please tell your dentist immediately.
How long is the healing process?
After the extraction you will be asked to bite down on a piece of gauze. This pressure will help stop the bleeding. It is common to have a small amount of bleeding 24 hours after surgery. The extraction site will generally close up in about 2 weeks time.