Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an 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 a bridge or a partial denture.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
For several reasons teeth will need to be extracted. If the tooth has a crack below the gums, has an infection that will keep returning, is too broken to fix, room is need for braces or bone and gum disease is too severe to treat. Dr. Mike will diagnose these conditions and discuss their cause and how to avoid them in the future.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
During an extraction most of the procedure will feel like pressure or pushing once you are numb. Occasionally noises can be heard. Dr. Mike encourages patients to bring headphones to help with the noise.
How long is the healing process?
If everything heals correctly the pain will usually stop after three days. If the healing process is interrupted a condition called a "dry socket" can develop and pain could last up to 2 weeks. Dr. Mike will go over instructions to help you avoid developing a "dry socket"