What is a Tooth Extraction?
A Tooth extraction, put simply, is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Dental extractions are most often performed because a tooth has sustained damage or decay, or cannot be saved by Root Canal treatment. It may also be performed to prepare for the placement of a Dental Implant. Advanced gum disease may be another contributing factor in a tooth extraction.
Other reasons for a tooth extraction include making space in the mouth for braces or other orthodontic treatment, or in the case of pediatric patients, to allow room for adult teeth to grow.
What are the steps involved in a tooth extraction?
- Local anesthesia will be used to numb the tooth or teeth to be extracted and surrounding tissues.
- After the area has been numbed, the tooth is loosened from its socket and then removed with dental forceps.
- Once the tooth has been pulled, a blood clot usually forms in the socket. Immediately after the tooth is removed, a bite pack (gauze pad) is used to apply pressure to the tooth socket and stop the bleeding.
- Sometimes a few stitches (usually self-dissolving) will be placed to close the gum edges over the extraction site.
There are two types of extractions:
Simple Tooth Extraction
A tooth that has fully erupted through the gum line can usually be removed as easily as any other tooth via a regular extraction.
Surgical Tooth Extraction and Oral Surgery
A wisdom tooth or other tooth that is impacted (not fully erupted) or is still under the gum line or embedded in the jaw bone, or a tooth that has broken under the gum line, may require a surgical extraction, which is a form of oral surgery. A surgical extraction means an incision along your gum line to expose the tooth, and the removal of any bone that is still covering the tooth to allow it to be removed.
Dr. Feldman uses great care and skill when performing a tooth extraction to ensure that your dental experience is as comfortable and painless as possible. We will also provide you with detailed post-treatment care instructions so you can properly take care of your smile as it heals. For more information on tooth extraction and to schedule your personalized consultation at our friendly dental office, we invite you to call or visit us today. We are committed to improving your smile!