At PineView Family Dental our goal is to work with our patients to make sure they maintain or achieve good oral health. We strive to provide dental care that will help a patient keep their teeth healthy and strong. However, there are times when a patient may experience a dental issue. Sometimes these dental issues are so severe that they require the removal of a tooth or teeth.
When a tooth needs to be removed, this is called an extraction. An extraction is the removal of the entire tooth, including the root. While not all problems with teeth require removal, extractions are most often performed because of an active problem such as pain, swelling, decay or infection, or as a preventative measure to avoid serious problems in the future.
Common reasons for a tooth extraction include:
If an extraction is needed, we strive to ensure our patients are at ease and comfortable during the whole process. At the extraction appointment the dentist will numb the tooth, jawbone and gums. This is done by the use of a local anesthetic. Once the area is numb and the patient is comfortable, the doctor will use special tools to extract the tooth.
The special tools used to extract a tooth and its root are called elevators (to lift the tooth out) and dental forceps (to rock the tooth back and forth until it loosens). You won’t feel anything but pressure when you have a tooth extracted because a powerful numbing agent blocks nerve pain in the socket and gum area surrounding the tooth.
Following teeth extraction the dentist will insert a “bite pack” or wad of gauze into the empty socket and ask you to bite down on the gauze. This stops the bleeding and allows a blood clot to form in the socket. Recovery from an extraction is based on your health and the number of teeth extracted.
After the extraction, the patient will be provided with post extraction care instructions to ensure proper healing of the socket.
Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation if you feel pain or sensitivity in your mouth relating to a sore tooth or teeth.