What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves removing a tooth completely from the mouth. Extractions can be performed on baby (primary) teeth if they are having a hard time falling out on their own, or they may be performed on permanent teeth that have become severely decayed or loose because of gum disease. Extractions may be needed if impacted wisdom teeth aren’t able to come up through the gums effectively. The extraction process is easy and personalized to each individual patient.
Why would you need a Tooth Extraction?
When a tooth becomes problematic, we will often recommend to have it extracted if there is no other way to save the underlying structure. To determine if you need a tooth to be extracted, you’ll have to come in for an exam and consultation. Some of the major reasons for needing an extraction include:
• A tooth has become severely decayed and infected
• A tooth is loose due to gum disease
• A tooth is impacted or doesn’t have enough room to fully come up through the gums (wisdom teeth)
• A baby tooth is not falling out on its own and is affecting underlying permanent teeth
• You want to avoid other procedures and just want the tooth removed
When a tooth becomes problematic, we will often recommend to have it extracted if there is no other way to save the underlying structure.
What makes you a good candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions are simple surgeries that typically only require local anesthetic. They are safe and effective for most patients. Patients who need to have a tooth removed are often good candidates for the procedure. We will consult with you before the procedure and will discuss anesthetic and sedation options if a more complicated extraction is required.
What can you expect with a Tooth Extraction?
You will first come in and have a consultation with Dr. Redfearn. With the help of a consult, we can determine which tooth needs to be removed and the best way to go about completing the procedure. You’ll then come in and receive anesthetic of your choice so that the surgery is more comfortable. If the tooth is impacted, a small incision is made through the gums to expose and remove the tooth. Otherwise, a variety of instruments are used to lift the tooth out of the mouth quickly and effectively. Sutures may be needed to close the gums. You’ll bite down on a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding and be given post-op care instructions to take home.
If you think you need to have a tooth extracted, call us today and we will help to assist you in scheduling an appointment.