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What are Tooth Extractions?

Dentist showing a patient an extracted tooth.Extractions are often performed when there is no other way to save a tooth or when a tooth is compromising your oral health. They are simple procedures that are done in-office regularly, so they are safe and effective for most patients. Extractions may be done as a way to help improve oral health or prevent problems, like what you would find with wisdom teeth. Dr. Bhandaru will perform an exam to determine if one or more teeth needs to be extracted.

Why are Tooth Extractions needed?

Extractions are always done after everything else has been tried to save one or more teeth. In some cases, the only other option is to fully remove the tooth.

Some reasons to have an extraction done include:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Loose teeth due to gum disease
  • Baby teeth that aren’t coming out on their own
  • Cracked or severely broken teeth

What makes you a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?

Before an extraction is done, we will perform an exam to determine if it is the right choice for you. Extractions are always done to better your oral health and we may suggest other options before simply removing a tooth. Extractions require that you have the ability to heal fully from the procedure. Antibiotics may be necessary if there is an infection prior to the extraction being done.

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What can you expect during a Tooth Extraction?

First, Dr. B will go over your sedative options to determine which one is right for you. You will then receive sedation to have the tooth extracted. In some cases, local anesthetic is all that is needed to ensure that you’re comfortable during the procedure. Specialized dental tools are used to remove the tooth and sutures may be necessary to close the gums. For impacted wisdom teeth, an incision is made through the gums to gain access to the tooth underneath. You’ll go home with post-op care instructions that should be followed to promote optimal healing.

If you think you might need to have one or more extractions done, call us and we will schedule an appointment for you.


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