As dentists, we will often work hard to save a tooth for preventing it from being removed. Often, we recommend restoration options such as a crown or a veneer to help save it. However, some of our patients do have teeth that simply cannot be salvaged and will require extraction. Common reasons that a tooth may need to be removed include severe tooth decay, infection, trauma or injury to the tooth, or overcrowding.
When we here at Raptou Family Dental have a patient sitting in our exam chair who requires an extraction on a tooth, we want them to feel safe, calm, and confident that we will both professionally and gently remove their affected tooth to give them the best possible outcome.
What Occurs During a Dental Extraction?
Regardless of the type of extraction that you require, we will first begin by taking a series of X-rays of your mouth to give us a better idea of the affected tooth and how to proceed. Depending on why we are removing your tooth, and the overall condition of the tooth, we may proceed with one of two types of extractions.
Simple extractions are quite common and normally require just local anesthetic to allow us to remove the tooth. Patients who may be feeling nervous about the procedure, however, may be good candidates for intravenous (IV) sedation or inhaled sedation (such as nitrous oxide). To perform a simple extraction, we will first carefully loosen the tooth with a special tool called an elevator. Once your tooth is sufficiently loose, we will then reach in and grip the tooth with our forceps and ease it out of your mouth.
Occasionally a simple extraction will not be enough for the tooth. The other type of dental extraction that may occur is called a surgical extraction. There are a few different reasons that we may have to surgically extract a tooth. If the tooth has not yet erupted from the gumline, we may have to remove it surgically.
Another common reason that we may have to remove it surgically is if the tooth has broken off, especially if pieces remain embedded in the gums. Surgical extractions often require a combination of both local and IV or inhaled sedation. We will place an incision into the gums to expose the damaged tooth, then remove it with our tools. Sometimes we do need to remove a small portion of bone tissue to get all of the tooth out.
After The Procedure
After your dental extraction, we will send you home with aftercare instructions. Please make sure you pay close attention to them to avoid complications. Dry socket can sometimes occur after dental extraction, an extremely painful condition that occurs when the clot over the extraction site becomes dislodged.
Avoid using a drinking straw or swishing water vigorously after the procedure to prevent this from happening. Eat soft foods, and if you start to notice any signs of an infection or complication, such as foul discharge, excessive bleeding, or running a fever, please notify us right away.
Tooth extraction is both a safe and straightforward and is nothing to be afraid of. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, or you are ready to set up an appointment with us for a cleaning and a checkup, please give us a call here at Raptou Family Dental today at (614) 427-0449!