While our first priority is to help you restore and maintain your natural teeth, circumstances may make an extraction unavoidable. We're here for you every step of the way.
The loss of a single tooth can have major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although we use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still occasions when a tooth needs to be removed, or extracted. The dentist may suggest an extraction after careful examination and evaluation of your treatment options.
The following conditions may indicate the need for extraction:
- Severely decayed or broken down teeth
- Advanced gum disease and associated bone loss
- Infection or abscess
- Orthodontic correction
- Malpositioned teeth
- Fractured teeth or roots
- Impacted teeth
We will use x-rays both as an aid in determining the overall condition of your tooth, as well as to understand the shape and position of the tooth and its surrounding bone prior to extraction. After these evaluations we will discuss not only what to expect from the extraction, but also your tooth replacement options. Length of appointment and recovery depend on the anticipated difficulty of the extraction. During your examination we may recommend that a referral to an oral surgeon is the best treatment option to ensure the best experience for you.
A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following an extraction, but it can be minimized with proper home care, which will be discussed following the procedure. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.Post-op instruction information »
If you experience prolonged or severe pain, swelling, bleeding or fever, call our office immediately.Back