Tooth Extractions An Overview
Although considered the option of last resort, there are certain circumstances in which a tooth extraction is considered necessary to maintain or restore your dental health:
- Crowding of teeth: a tooth extraction may be necessary when teeth are overcrowded or crooked and is often part of an orthodontic treatment plan.
- Wisdom teeth: most patients will need to have their wisdom teeth, or third molars extracted because they are impacted in the bone or shifting other teeth due to lack of space.
- Severe damage or infection: if a tooth is considered to be too damaged or decayed for other restorative measures, an extraction and tooth replacement may be best for your oral and overall health.
In the case of tooth pain due to decay or damage, a tooth extraction will provide relief and begin the healing process. Drs. Carole and Robin Thoman can perform most tooth extractions in the comfort of our office using a local anesthetic or dental sedation to ensure your comfort.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
A tooth extraction procedure is relatively simple and completed during one visit. In most cases, we will take a digital x-ray to evaluate the area where the tooth to be extracted is located and plan the procedure.
We will begin by making sure that you are comfortable and relaxed. The area will be cleaned and Dr. Robin or Dr. Carole will release the ligaments attaching the tooth to the bone and soft tissues, located on either side of the tooth. The tooth is rocked back and forth in the socket and gently removed. The socket will be cleaned and packed with sterile gauze to prevent infection and minimize bleeding until a blood clot forms.
Our team will provide post-treatment care instructions and follow up with you to confirm that you are recovering and not experiencing any side effects that would be cause for concern:
- Renewed bleeding after 24 hrs post treatment
- Increasing numbness in or around area where tooth was extracted
- Sudden or intense pain
- Increased swelling
- Fever, feeling poorly