If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may need to have a tooth extracted. With a simple extraction, Dr. Hutton using local anesthesia can safely remove the affected tooth without the need to refer for major surgery.
Some common reasons for extraction include:
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with conventional root canal therapy
How is a tooth extracted?
Firstly a new or recent X-ray(s) of the tooth or teeth in question will be made. Using a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure a tool called an elevator will be used to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around its base Finally, a pair of forceps will gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist and may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, the socket will packed with gauze which you place gentle pressure on the area If necessary, you may receive one or more stitches to close the socket.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made.
If you have questions about simple tooth extractions or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office.