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?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If your tooth has broke or is damaged by decay beyond repair, one of our dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or root canal treatment, before resorting to extraction. In certain cases, there is too much damage and your infected tooth may need to be extracted.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
Our local dentist and specialist oral surgeon (dentists with special training to perform surgery) will perform the tooth extraction. Before the tooth is pulled, the dentist will give you an injection of a local aesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. If you are having more than one tooth pulled or if a tooth is impacted, the local dentist may use a stronger general aesthetic. This will prevent pain and make the process more comfortable.
How long is the healing process?
We usually say it takes gum tissue around 1 month to fully recoverHowever the bone can take up to 6 months to heal completely. Your pain should be minimal by the second day, but this can vary from person to person, and also depends on how complex the tooth extraction was.