What Is a Tooth Extraction ?
A tooth extraction is a relatively quick, simple outpatient procedure in which a broken, impacted, or otherwise damaged tooth is removed during a single dental appointment. While natural teeth are ideal for maintaining your bite and jawbone structure, sometimes tooth extractions are unavoidable.
Dr. Krauser will make sure you’re comfortable before, during, and after your tooth extraction procedure. You’ll also be kept informed about the process and any anesthesia used.
When Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?
There are several different reasons your dentist might recommend a tooth extraction. The most common reason is an impacted tooth, which will prevent it from growing normally and lead to more dental problems. We may also need to make room in your mouth for proper tooth alignment.
Finally, your tooth may need to be extracted when it’s damaged beyond repair. Your dentist will do everything possible to save your tooth, but it isn’t always feasible.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Once you and Dr. Krauser have determined that a tooth extraction is necessary, the process is quick and easy. It can be done in one appointment, which you’ll make after your initial consultation.
Before pulling the tooth, we’ll give you an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. Dr. Krauser will use forceps to grasp the tooth and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it from the jaw bone and ligaments that hold it in place.
If your tooth is severely impacted, we may need to cut away some gum tissue before the tooth is pulled. Occasionally, a hard-to-pull tooth will be removed in pieces. However, for the most part, the process is very simple and pain-free.
Once your tooth has been pulled, the dentist will pack a gauze pad into the socket and you’ll bite down on it. This will help stop the bleeding until the blood clot forms and your gum heals. Your healing time will depend on the severity of the extraction, but it typically takes 7-10 days to heal fully. Dr. Krauser will provide you with instructions for after care.
Make an Appointment with Dr. Krauser
We perform regular tooth extractions at Full Mouth Implants. If your tooth is troubling you, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (561) 627-5560 for a consultation today.