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?
If a tooth is deemed non-salvageable, then there is hopeless prognosis for the tooth. A tooth needs to be removed if it cannot be fixed, otherwise it becomes a source of infection that will cause many more problems.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
The tooth or teeth being removed is completely numbed. A lot of pressure will be placed on the tooth and the surrounding structures, and it is carefully mobilized before being removed. In some cases, a severely broken tooth may require additional surgical procedures such as a flap.
How long is the healing process?
Every person's healing time is different depending on home care and health status. You can expect the first 3 days to have the most discomfort before the area slowly starts to fill in.