Our doctors are incredibly talented when it comes to saving teeth. If it can be done, they will do it but sometimes if you are experiencing a serious toothache or are suffering from advanced gum disease, the doctor may recommend the tooth be extracted. With a simple extraction, the dentist can comfortably remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common reasons for extraction include:
- Advanced gum disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
How is a tooth extracted?
To plan the procedure, Dr. Tilden will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question. After explaining the procedure and answering your questions, the doctor will numb the tooth with local anesthetic (just like when you get a filling done) that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the doctor will use an instrument to lift the tooth, loosening the ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the doctor will gently rock the tooth back and forth until it loosens enough to free it from the socket. Very occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be reduced in size to ease removal.
Once removed, we will place gauze over the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down (just like you would for a cut anywhere else). If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.