Tooth Extraction

Teeth need to be removed for a variety of different reasons. Teeth can fracture, develop large cavities, or be in the inappropriate location.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM TOOTH EXTRACTION?

The idea of tooth extraction can sometimes be disconcerting, but tooth extraction may be a medical necessity for your long-term oral health. You may be a potential candidate if you have:

  • Severely broken, cracked or damaged teeth
  • Necrotic teeth (dead, or non-vital teeth)
  • Teeth associated with advanced periodontal disease
  • Extremely malpositioned or nonfunctional teeth

Other treatment alternatives should be explored before deciding on tooth extraction. During the consultation process, Dr. Epstein will be able to determine if tooth extraction is the best option available for you.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION

There are two types of extractions – simple or surgical. Both techniques are performed under local anesthesia. In a simple extraction, your surgeon will grasp the tooth using forceps (surgical tweezers) and gently loosen it by moving the forceps back and forth until the tooth is ready to be pulled out.

During surgical extraction, your surgeon will create a flap around the target tooth through an incision made in the gum tissue. Surgical extraction may require removing portions of bone to free the tooth. Some teeth may need to be removed in sections. The procedure is painless with the aid of local anesthetic and sedation if needed. All incisions will be closed with dissolvable sutures.

AFTER YOUR TOOTH EXTRACTION

It is important not to disturb the treatment area(s) for the first 72 hours. You should avoid brushing your teeth, smoking, drinking alcohol or using straws during this initial healing phase. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage discomfort. Most patients are able resume normal routines within a couple of days.

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS OF TOOTH EXTRACTION

All surgical procedures, including tooth extraction, present a certain degree of risk and uncertainty. These risks will be discussed in depth during the consultation process. Some potential risks associated with tooth extraction may include infection, bleeding, changes in sensation, dry socket or nerve damage.

IF YOU’RE READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Contact us to schedule a consultation for tooth extraction.