Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, we will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
We will make your visit comfortable and as painless as possible but your treatment doesn’t end there. We will discuss your options for replacing your lost tooth and restoring your optimal health, orally and systemically. Losing a tooth has a domino effect – when you lose one, others follow. Your teeth rely on each other for support and function. When both are lost due to an extraction, often teeth nearby will become compromised. We will help restore your proper function by offering you different restorative options such as bridges, implants and/or even orthodontics!
We will ask about your medical and dental histories and take an X-ray of the area to help plan the best way to remove the tooth.
If you are having your wisdom teeth removed, you may have a panoramic X-ray. This X-ray takes a picture of all of your teeth at once. It can show several things that help to guide an extraction:
- The relationship of your wisdom teeth to your other teeth.
- The upper teeth’s relationship to your sinuses.
- The lower teeth’s relationship to the inferior alveolar nerve. This nerve gives feeling to your lower jaw, lower teeth, lower lip and chin.
- Any infections, tumors or bone disease that may be present. Antibiotics may need to be taken before and after surgery.