Dr. Thomas makes every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable, unrestorable, or when you have advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
If there is insufficient tooth structure or gum and bone support to sustain and restore the tooth, then the tooth must be extracted.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
For an extraction visit, you should expect to be given a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. While the tooth is being extracted, you should feel no pain, the only sensations that should be felt are pressure sensations.
How long is the healing process?
There will be an initial soreness that will last 1-3 days managed by pain meds and will gradually ease with each day. Keeping the area clean is important to prevent infection and speed the healing process. Typically the extraction site takes about 4 weeks to fully close.