Tooth Extraction

What is an extraction?

A dental extraction is the removal of teeth from the bony socket from the root of a tooth.

Reasons for an extraction
  • Non-restorable teeth: A common reason is that teeth are badly damaged from fracture, trauma, or decay and cannot be repaired. 

  • Gain space: Sometimes dentists pull teeth to prepare the mouth to properly align the teeth, which may not be possible if your teeth are too big for your mouth.

  • Infection: If tooth decay or damage extends to the pulp, Often this can be corrected with root canal therapy (RCT), but if the infection is so severe that antibiotics or RCT do not cure it, extraction may be needed to prevent the spread of infection.

Procedure

  • We will explain why extraction is necessary and if there are any alternatives to treatment 

  • You will be given ample anesthesia which will last 6-8 hours 

  • The surgery will typically take anywhere between 30 minutes - 1 hour 

  • If you are getting an implant, you may need a bone graft, which will require stitches 

  • You will be given instructions on how to take care of your tooth 

  • You will feel some discomfort that evening. The next 1-2 days you will have mild discomfort 

  • You will be able to work or go to school the very next day 

Wisdom tooth 

Wisdom tooth extraction is a surgical procedure to remove one or more wisdom teeth — the four permanent adult teeth located at the posterior corners of your mouth on the Maxilla and mandibular.

Why extract a wisdom tooth?

Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last permanent teeth to appear (erupt) in the mouth. These teeth usually appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Some people never develop wisdom teeth.

Many people develop impacted wisdom teeth — teeth that don't have enough room to erupt into the mouth or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth may erupt only partially or not at all.

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You'll likely need your impacted wisdom tooth pulled if it results in problems such as:

  • Pain

  • Trapping food and debris behind the wisdom tooth

  • Infection or gum disease (periodontal disease)

  • Tooth decay in a partially erupted wisdom tooth

  • Damage to a nearby tooth or surrounding bone

  • Development of a fluid-filled sac (cyst) around the wisdom tooth

  • Complications with orthodontic treatments to straighten other teeth

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