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 need to extract a tooth can only be determined by coming in for an examination. There are a few reasons why we might make the decision to extract a tooth. The most common reason to extract a tooth is that the tooth is impacted, which stops it from growing in normally. This occurs most frequently with wisdom teeth. Another reason to remove a tooth is because it is crowding the mouth, or when it is badly damaged and repair is impossible. Another is the need to make room in the mouth for proper tooth alignment. And one more is when teeth are badly damaged and impossible to repair.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
We will first conduct an x-ray to assess the tooth. If possible, we will perform the extraction with local anesthesia. However, if the tooth has broken or not fully emerged, you’ll be referred to an oral surgeon for a surgical tooth extraction with a stronger anesthesia.
How long is the healing process?
The extraction site should heal within about two weeks, but it will be three to six months before the bone and soft tissue are fully restructured. Be sure to follow the dentist or surgeon's directions to avoid complications that might interfere with your healing.