When tooth removal is necessary, we do simple and complex (surgical) extractions under local anesthesia.
When restoration procedures such as root canal therapy, crowns, or fillings are not enough to save a tooth, it may need to be pulled, or extracted.
Here are a few other reasons why teeth may need to be removed:
- severely decayed
- advanced periodontal disease and bone loss
- fractured or broken in a way that cannot be repaired
- poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted wisdom teeth).
Tooth extraction procedures today are far less painful than ever before, thanks to powerful anesthetics and sedatives. In many cases, a patient who has an extraction experiences little or no discomfort, and only minor bleeding.
Patients sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn’t occur. Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, forceful spitting, strenuous physical activity, and drinking liquids through straws are strongly discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.