When you have a tooth that is no longer viable, you need a tooth extraction. Most people associate tooth extractions with pain, but our dentists are trained in the latest methods and use the best materials to ensure effectiveness and minimize pain. In addition, our office offers many different forms of sedation and anesthetic to help numb and reduce pain.
What is a tooth extraction?
Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If the tooth has become cracked, damaged, or unstable, a dentist may decide to remove it from the mouth entirely. The dentist will first numb the area and then loosen the tooth manually.
Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will place bone or other material in the socket to ensure that it heals quickly and doesn’t form a dry socket. A dry socket happens when the body has nothing to fill the gap left by an extracted tooth, and can be painful. Thankfully, dentistry has come a long way to prevent dry sockets from happening, as long as the doctor is properly trained and uses quality materials.
What happens after the tooth extraction?
After a tooth extraction, the patient will need to have the tooth replaced. The best, most durable option is a dental implant topped with a crown made of porcelain or other material. A patient can also choose to have a bridge or a partial denture made if desired. If the patient chooses to have an implant placed, it may be several weeks between the extraction and the placement of the implant to allow the body to fully regenerate bone in the area of the extracted tooth. A bridge, on the other hand, can be placed the same day as the extraction.
If you think you need a tooth extraction, please contact us to discuss treatment options.