Tooth Extractions An Overview
A tooth extraction may be considered necessary to stabilize your long-term dental health due to severe decay, tooth damage, crowding of teeth and malocclusion. Dr. Tufa will recommend a tooth extraction when necessary and can coordinate care as needed. We will work with you to have a local specialist remove your tooth, or wisdom teeth.
Tooth Extractions What to Expect
A tooth extraction is completed during a single visit and your dentist will offer several options for ensuring your comfort during the procedure. They will discuss the use of dental sedation prior to your visit, and depending on what modality is chosen you may need a ride to and from your appointment.
To perform a simple tooth extraction, the specialist will carefully disconnect the ligaments attaching the tooth to the bone and gum tissue. The tooth is slowly removed by gently rocking it back and forth in the socket. Once complete, the area will be cleaned and gauze placed in the cavity to help a blood clot form and prevent any food particles from lodging and leading to infection. You will be provided with post-treatment instructions so you can recover as quickly as possible.
If the tooth is severely damaged, decayed or impacted in the bone as is often the case with wisdom teeth, a surgical extraction may be performed in the specialist office and sedation options will be discussed.