What Are Extractions?
An extraction is a process of removing a tooth. A simple extraction involves the elimination of a visible tooth, while a surgical extraction deals with a tooth that is not visible above the gum line. This could include the removal of wisdom teeth or an impacted tooth. Simple extractions are the most commonly performed, and they can be conducted right in our office. Reach out to our team for more information about scheduling a future or even same-day dental extraction. We can also accommodate emergency dental extractions if necessary.
When Is an Extraction Necessary?
Your dentist will do everything in their power to save your natural tooth – an extraction is always a last resort. However, there are several circumstances where it is actually safer for your oral health to remove a defective tooth. If your tooth has been badly damaged by decay or injury, your dentist may recommend that you undergo an extraction. The most common cause for tooth removal is the excessive accumulation of decay. If your tooth has become too decayed or infected to be saved via another restorative dental procedure, such as a root canal, that bacteria could spread to the rest of your teeth. In this scenario, it would be best to extract that tooth. Before recommending an extraction, your dentist will help you explore your options so you can make an informed decision regarding your oral health.
The Extraction Process
When you arrive for your extraction, your dentist will take the time to apply a local anesthetic. You should not feel any pain during your procedure. Before embarking on the next step, your dentist will ensure that the affected area is devoid of sensation. If not, you can receive another round of local anesthetic. After your tooth is numb, your dentist will use a pair of sanitized forceps to carefully loosen the tooth. You may feel slight pressure during this step, but it should not be painful. After the tooth has been removed, a blood clot will form in the empty socket. You will be given a set of comprehensive care instructions to ensure that your oral cavity heals properly. Your dentist may also schedule a follow-up appointment to guarantee that you are satisfied with your results.
Your extraction should be simple and painless. At the dental office of Kurt R. Kwiatkowski DDS, SC, you can rest assured that your experience will be as comfortable as possible. For more information about our dental procedures or to schedule an appointment, call 262-377-0852 or send us a message.