Some common reasons for tooth extractions include:
✔ Severe decay or infection may make it impossible or too costly to repair the tooth
✔ Advanced gum disease may required a tooth to be pulled so it doesn’t affect the supporting bone, tissues, and adjacent of your mouth
✔ A baby tooth may need to be extracted if it is blocking the permanent tooth from coming in
✔ During orthodontic work (Invisalign and braces), teeth may need to be extracted to create room in the arch for the teeth that are being moved into place
✔ Wisdom teeth are often extracted either to prevent or solve problems
What to expect:
Your dentist will first administer local anesthetic to numb the area. During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but you will not feel pain. Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes. If you suffer from dental anxiety, there are “laughing gas” and oral sedation options available to make your experience an easier one. Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and a few pieces of sterile gauze will be placed onto the extraction site. The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that. Follow your dentist’s instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.
Oral Surgeon and Oral Surgery
An Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon is a specialist with advanced training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of various head and neck conditions and injuries. After four years of dental school, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon completes four to six years of additional formal training in treating the craniomaxillofacial complex. This specialty is one of 9 dental specialties recognized internationally and by the American Dental Association (ADA).
Whether your dentist refers you to an oral surgeon’s office, you have pain or symptoms causing you concern, or you simply have questions you would like answered, please contact our office today to schedule an appointment. We are here to answer your questions and provide the treatment you deserve!
What We Can Help With
- TMJ, Facial Pain, & Facial Reconstruction
- Dental Implants
- Tooth Extractions & Impacted Teeth
- Wisdom Teeth
- Misaligned Jaws
- Cleft Lip & Palate
- Oral Cancers, Tumors, Cysts, & Biopsies
- Facial Cosmetic Surgery