Tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone.
Why Tooth extraction?
If a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay, our dentist will try to fix it with a filling, crown or other treatment. Sometimes, though, there's too much damage for the tooth to be repaired. This is the most common reason for extracting a tooth.
Other reasons for tooth extraction:
▪ Some people have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in.
▪ People getting braces may need teeth extracted to create room for the teeth that are being moved into place.
▪ Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, are extracted either before or after they come in. These teeth often get stuck in the jaw (impacted) and do not come in. They need to be removed if they are decayed or cause pain. Some wisdom tooth is blocked by other teeth or may not have enough room to come in completely. This can irritate the gum, causing pain and swelling. In this case, the tooth must be removed.
How It's Done?
There are two types of extractions:
A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. Most of these can be done by our dentist in Casa Grande, using just an injection (a local anesthetic), with or without anti-anxiety drugs. Most simple extractions do not cause much discomfort after the procedure. Our Dentist will give you anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and other brand names) for several days. You may not need any pain medicine at all.
A surgical extraction involves teeth that cannot be seen easily in the mouth. They may have broken off at the gum line or they may not have come in yet. To see and remove the tooth, our dentist or oral surgeon must cut and pull back the gums. Surgical extractions commonly are done by oral surgeons in Casa Grande, AZ. Because surgical extractions are more complicated, they generally cause more pain after the procedure. The level of discomfort and how long it lasts will depend on the difficulty of the extraction. Our dentist may prescribe pain medicine for a few days and then suggest an NSAID. Most pain disappears after a couple of days. You should not smoke, use a straw or spit after surgery. These actions can pull the blood clot out of the hole where the tooth was. If you need all four wisdom teeth removed, they are usually taken out at the same time. The top teeth are usually easier to remove than the lower ones.