Why You May Need an Extraction
An extraction is our last line of defense against tooth decay, infection, and dental trauma. Before we recommend an extraction, we will try to fix a problematic tooth will a filling, crown, root canal, or another form of restorative treatment. If there is too much damage to the tooth to be repaired, J. Andrew Bagley DDS or W. Ryan Bagley DDS will recommend an extraction. Other reasons for extraction include:
The Extraction Procedure
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. We perform a simple extraction on a tooth that has already erupted above the gumline. A surgical extraction is used to remove a tooth that has broken off at the gumline or a tooth that has become impacted.
During a simple extraction, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area and eliminate discomfort. Then, we will loosen the tooth using an instrument known as an elevator. The elevator helps separate the tooth from the socket and connective tissues. Next, we will use a pair of forceps to remove the tooth.
A surgical extraction is a little more complex. A small incision is made into the gum tissue to expose the tooth. To remove the tooth, it may be necessary to remove some of the surrounding bone as well. The tooth may also be broken into pieces to make the extraction easier.
Follow-up to an Extraction
After your extraction, you may experience some minor bleeding, swelling, and discomfort. Before you leave the office, we will give you a detailed set of post-operative instructions. Above all else, be sure to watch for signs of “dry socket.” Dry socket is a condition that occurs when the blood fails to clot in the socket, leaving the underlying bone exposed to air and food.
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