Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple Tooth Extractions

Reasons for a tooth extraction

There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure.  Some common reasons for extraction include:

  • Advanced periodontal bone/gum disease that has caused loss of supporting bone preventing the tooth from withstanding chewing forces
  • Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
  • Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
  • Removing a fractured tooth that is deemed non restorable
  • Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy

How is a tooth extracted?

As a precaution, we will take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure.  After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will keep you comfortable during the procedure.  Specialized dental instruments are used to loosen the tooth, only when the tooth has been sufficiently loosened will be removed.  

Once the tooth is removed, the area is cleaned to remove any residual infection of the area which could compromise proper healing.  Sutures are placed to help the area heal.  Bone graft placement at time of extraction is recommended to maintain the shape of bone in the extraction site.  This is especially important to prevent the shrinkage of the bone which can make it impossible to provide a stable base for implants, fixed bridgework or dentures and partial dentures.  By placing the graft at time of extraction, an additional surgery to rebuild the area is avoided.

If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made.  Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.


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