Extractions are one of the most common procedures performed in the dental office. In some cases, an extraction is needed when a tooth has become severely decayed or has loosened due to periodontal disease and for some patients, an extraction is required when a tooth could pose a problem in the future (as with wisdom teeth). Here at Ramona Dental Group, we are able to provide you with a calm and comfortable environment when having extractions done.
What is an Extraction?
An extraction involves the full removal of one or more teeth. While extractions are a type of surgery, patients find that they are done quickly and easily in-office, and they can go home relatively soon after having the procedure done. Extractions can be seen as a corrective surgery as well as a preventative surgery, since many patients come to us to have wisdom teeth extracted that could pose a bigger problem if left in place.
Why Would an Extraction Be Needed?
A thorough examination as well as series of x-rays will be done prior to an extraction being performed. This enables us to determine if any teeth need to be extracted and if so, the best course of action to removing them safely. Some of the reasons a tooth may need to be extracted include:
- A tooth has become severely decayed
- The tooth is loose due to periodontal disease or trauma
- A child has a loose tooth
- The tooth poses a problem if left in (wisdom teeth)
- Orthodontic work is needed and the tooth in question has to be removed to continue treatment
What to Expect Before, During and After an Extraction
Before an extraction is performed, you will receive an anesthetic to make the procedure more comfortable. For some patients, a local anesthetic is all that is needed while some of our patients prefer general anesthesia. During the procedure, a variety of specialized instruments will be used to quickly and effectively remove the tooth. You may feel some pressure in the area due to the dentist having to rock the tooth out of the socket. Once the tooth has been removed, the area will be cleaned thoroughly. Sutures may be used in order to close the hole that is left. If sutures are not used, gauze will be provided for you to bite down on until the bleeding stops. You will go home the same day with aftercare instructions that must be followed to ensure proper healing of the extraction site. A follow-up appointment will then happen to ensure that that area is healing properly.
If you are in need of an extraction, or would like to inquire further about this procedure contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.