Safe & Comfortable Every Time
At Wayne Family Dentistry, our primary goal is to help our patients maintain their natural teeth for as long as possible. However, in certain situations, the most helpful thing we can do for someone’s overall health is simply remove a problem tooth. A tooth extraction can often cause a patient to feel quite a bit of anxiety, but at our practice, it’s nothing to fear. For this procedure, our team always uses a gentle touch and plenty of local anesthetic to ensure our patients’ comfort from beginning to end. And, if requested, we can help someone relax even more with our sedation options.
Why Would I Need an Extraction?
Typically, an extraction is used as a last resort after we have exhausted all other options to save a tooth. We may recommend an extraction if:
- A tooth is so decayed that it cannot be repaired with a crown or filling
- A tooth is broken to the point that it cannot be put back together
- Room needs to be created in the mouth for a new denture/upcoming orthodontic treatment
- A baby tooth refuses to fall out naturally/is blocking the path of an incoming adult tooth
- A tooth has become impacted (stuck), painful, or infected (this is usually the case with the wisdom teeth)
Different Types of Extractions
We’re able to provide two distinct kinds of extractions: simple and surgical.
A simple extraction is used to remove a tooth that has already erupted. For this procedure, we simply numb a patient, hold the tooth with dental forceps, and then gently rock it back and forth until it slips out on its own. We never actually “pull” teeth here! Thanks to this approach, most patients don’t even feel it when their tooth comes out!
A surgical extraction is necessary if a tooth is still located within the gum line or jawbone. This often happens with the wisdom teeth, as most people don’t have enough room in their mouths to fit them, so they can become stuck while trying to come in. We start by numbing a patient, and then we make a small incision in the gums so we can reach the tooth. We’ll remove any bone that may be holding it, and then we’re able to actually extract the tooth. At this point, we’ll close the gums with self-dissolving stitches.
What Is It Like After An Extraction?
Some slight swelling, soreness, and bleeding are normal right after an extraction, but any discomfort should be easily managed with over-the-counter medication. Your dentist will advise that you change your dressings regularly and take it easy for a few days so your gums can properly clot. If necessary, we can help a patient replace their removed tooth as soon as they are healed using a variety of options. We’re able to provide custom-made bridges, dentures, and even dental implant restorations. We will discuss all of these options with a patient beforehand so there isn’t any delay in treatment.
What to Remember
Thanks to modern-day dentistry, extractions are often avoidable, but when they aren’t, they are virtually painless. At Wayne Family Dentistry, we keep our patients’ comfort a top priority at all times, so should you or your child ever need an extraction, you can trust that you’ll always be in good hands with our team.
To learn more about extractions or schedule your next appointment, contact us today.