We all wish to retain our natural teeth for a lifetime. However, in some cases, extraction is the best possible option to protect your oral health. Tooth extraction is the procedure of pulling out a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. The office of Complete Family Dentistry offers normal and wisdom teeth extractions performed under the effect of local or oral anesthesia.
Your teeth may have to be extracted for a variety of reasons, including:
- Crowding of teeth in the mouth, causing problems with your bite and tooth alignment.
- Infection and damage to a tooth, which is beyond repair and may spread to the nearby teeth and gums if the tooth is not removed.
- Tooth impaction, a condition wherein a tooth does not erupt fully from the jawbone.
- Sometimes, the baby teeth do not fall out naturally to allow permanent teeth to come in. Such cases call for an extraction of the baby teeth.
The first step in a tooth extraction is to take an X-ray of the tooth to understand the condition of the jawbone around it and the position of the roots. This will help us formulate the best strategy to extract it. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the extraction site and help eliminate the sensation of pain during the procedure. The tooth is then carefully removed from its socket. Once the tooth is out, the extraction site is cleaned and flushed. Bone grafts may be placed in the jawbone surrounding the tooth immediately after extracting if the patient is considering getting tooth replacement using dental implants and does not have enough bone density to support an implant. A gauze pad is placed over the site to control bleeding.
It is important to keep the extraction site clean to prevent infection. You may feel pain after the effect of anesthesia has worn off. Medication may be prescribed to control it. Use an icepack if you experience swelling, and eat soft, cold foods. Avoid smoking, drinking and using a straw.
For more information about tooth extractions, contact our office for a consultation. Call (954) 374-6777.