You may need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease and bone loss, or are broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment. Teeth can be removed with local anesthetic, or you may choose to be sedated for the procedure. In either case, tooth removal should not be a traumatic experience, and we will do our best to ensure that you are comfortable during the entire procedure.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. The anesthetic effectively numbs the nerves that transfer pain, but the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.
Many teeth are removed with simple extractions. Some teeth, however, may be broken off below the gumline or too large or decayed to remove in one piece. When this occurs, a surgical extraction may be necessary, which may include a soft tissue flap, bone removal, and sutures.
The removal of a single tooth that is not replaced can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health. To avoid these complications, our doctors will discuss alternatives to extractions where possible as well replacement options for the extracted tooth.