There are some situations where an extraction (or pulled tooth) is the only viable treatment option to a situation. We have developed simple, safe and comfortable techniques to use when an extraction is necessary.
Whenever possible the dentist will try to save the tooth even if it has been broken or damaged by decay. However, there are situations where that is not possible and it will become necessary to remove the tooth from its socket in the bone.
After a careful examination of the x-ray, the dentist will formulate the best plan for the extraction. During the procedure most people experience some pressure but very little discomfort. After the procedure you will go home with explicit instructions on what to expect and what to do following this surgery.
Simple Dental Extraction
General dentists perform simple extractions of teeth that can be seen in the mouth. He or she will use a local anesthetic, loosen the tooth and then remove it.
Surgical Dental Extraction
If a tooth is broken at the gum line or is a tooth that has not emerged through the bone, it will probably call for a surgical extraction. Some general dentists will perform this procedure but often a surgical dentist will be called in. It is a complex procedure that frequently involves cutting the tooth to facilitate its removal or even cutting into the bone.
Local anesthetics are frequently used, but in some cases the client will be given a general anesthetic. General anesthesia is used with children or adults who have specific medical or behavioural conditions that would warrant its use.
Options After Tooth Extraction
Dental implants are the best choice after an extraction. Without it, the bone will begin to recess and possibly cause more problems. If you have questions, contact our office for specifics.