When problematic teeth are causing you pain and discomfort, remember that you have options. The goal is always to preserve your natural teeth, but sometimes extractions are the best way to go to save your smile.
Unhealthy or problematic teeth aren’t good for your oral health. Our team will always try to save your natural teeth, but sometimes a simple, painless tooth extraction is the best way to get your smile back on track. There are many reasons why a patient may need a tooth extracted. The tooth may be cracked down into the root, causing discomfort that can be alleviated with extractions. Some advanced restorative procedures, like dental implants, require the removal of unhealthy teeth. With a gentle technique and local anesthesia or sedation options, teeth extractions can be quick and painless.
Healing time after an extraction is typically 1-2 weeks.
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With digital x-rays, we get high-resolution images of your teeth that allow us to make more accurate diagnoses. When you’re in pain or experiencing an emergency, we can see why the tooth is reacting and if an extraction is needed.
We know extractions can feel scary, so let’s take the fear out of your treatment. Sedation can mitigate your anxiety and keep you calm during your procedure. Ask about our sedation options and we’ll help find a solution that works for you.
In some cases, a tooth needs to be removed to prepare for implant placement. We provide expert care and sedation options to keep you comfortable during your extraction.
Some patients may have impacted canines, or canine teeth that don't fully erupt. We will expose the tooth to encourage its natural eruption, or to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
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From achy wisdom teeth to severe damage, extractions can get you out of pain quickly.
Extractions remove problematic teeth and clear the way for prosthodontics, like dental implants or dentures.
Removing problematic or painful teeth can improve your oral and overall health.
Whether you need a one off extraction or several teeth removed in preparation for additional services, your treatment plan is created specifically for you and your needs. You doctor will discuss all options and give you the final sign off so we can get your smile back on track in the way that makes you most comfortable.
After an anti-bacterial rinse, your doctor will numb the area with local anesthesia. Depending on your case, you may only need local anesthesia for your extraction. The goal is to make you as comfortable as possible during treatment, so you may choose a sedation option as well. Sedation can help you relax and relieve anxiety during your procedure.
The extraction itself usually only takes a few minutes. Once the tooth has been pulled, your dentist will clean the area and suture the extraction site if necessary. If you plan to have the tooth replaced with a dental implant, bone grafting is often completed immediately after the extraction so that the jaw bone does not shrink. Recovery typically takes 1-2 weeks. Your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive set of instructions to help your mouth heal as quickly as possible.
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Tooth extractions may be necessary for patients suffering from an extremely severe cavity, severe damage from oral trauma, or an infected tooth that cannot be saved with root canal therapy. In most cases, it is possible to save your tooth with a crown or root canal therapy, but sometimes an extraction may be your only option.
A tooth extraction may be required if severe periodontal disease is compromising the health of the tooth, causing it to loosen from the gums. Your dentist may want to extract these teeth to prepare you for a strong and long-lasting tooth replacement option, such as dental implants or dentures.
Thanks to numbing and sedation treatments, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during or immediately after your extraction procedure. However, symptoms such as pain, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and bleeding may begin to arise within a few hours following your extraction. While these symptoms tend to peak within the first 2-3 days, they will begin to fade as you continue to heal. Make sure to eat a diet of mostly soft foods for about 5-7 days after your treatment to prevent impact and agitation.
It will take about 1-2 weeks to completely heal from the extraction. By carefully following the recovery instructions provided to you by your dentist, you can enhance the healing progress. It is not normal to endure severe pain and discomfort 1-2 weeks after your extraction, so contact your dentist for a follow-up appointment if you are experiencing these symptoms.
Extractions that are required to remove damaged or decayed teeth will usually have some degree of insurance coverage. After a detailed evaluation, we will work with you and your insurance company to provide you with a cost estimate for treatment and help you to make the most of your insurance benefits.
In many cases, we will recommend a bone graft after an extraction. By performing a ridge preservation graft, we can fill the space left by the extracted tooth to maintain the integrity of your jawbone. Not only does this help preserve your bone, it can also provide a solid foundation for a dental implant in the future.