Your tooth has been hurting… a LOT. It looks badly decayed or you’re worried about an infection. As unfortunate as it sounds, you may have to get the tooth extracted. The thought of getting a tooth pulled can put a damper on anyone’s day, but it’s important to know that there are options available if your tooth is not able to be saved.
Read on to find out what to expect when getting an extraction, and what you can do afterwards.
- Severe decay of the tooth, leaving it non-restorable
- Lack of bone support due to severe periodontal disease or trauma to the bone
- Pericoronitis, or gum inflammation/infection, of the wisdom teeth
- To create space for orthodontic movement
- To remove a primary (baby) tooth due to impaction of an adult tooth
During your initial visit to our office, we’ll first determine whether or not your tooth actually needs to be extracted. Oftentimes, a tooth can be saved with a root canal or some other procedure. If not, we’ll discuss prosthetic treatment options, such as implants, bridges, or dentures to restore the space after the tooth has been pulled. Next, we’ll schedule a day to perform the extraction. If you suffer from anxiety, we can provide nitrous oxide or anxiolytics to help you get through the process.
The actual procedure itself is simply composed of providing anesthesia and extracting the tooth. Contrary to the saying “like getting teeth pulled,” a dental extraction is actually not very painful. This is due to the wonders of local anesthesia. Once the procedure is done, we’ll provide you with any necessary medications and have you come back for a follow up appointment to make sure everything is healing correctly.
… And that’s it! Most people are often surprised about how simple extractions end up being, and regret putting it off for so long. Call us so we can discuss how best to proceed with your treatment and get you back on the road to smiling again.