A tooth extraction is always a last resort; when possible, we’ll recommend root canals and other treatments that will let you retain all of your natural teeth. If there’s a situation where we do need to remove one of your pearly whites, however, you can trust Dr. Maria Shahdad to make sure that the procedure goes as smoothly as possible. She can also help you prepare to have the empty space filled in so that your smile stays complete.
A tooth is normally extracted if it has been damaged beyond repair or if there’s no other way to protect your oral health and prevent further damage. Situations where a tooth needs to be removed may include:
There are two basic kinds of extractions: simple extractions where a visible tooth is removed (with local anesthesia being used to numb the area) and surgical extractions for impacted teeth that aren’t easily accessed.
Wisdom teeth usually require a surgical extraction. We’ll usually need to make an incision in your gums so that we can get to the tooth. In some cases, we might need to break the tooth into pieces before we can remove it. Don’t worry; our advanced sedation options will help you stay calm and relaxed during this procedure.
If you take a bad hit to the mouth or suffer from extensive decay, you might need multiple teeth removed at once. This might also be necessary in cases of overcrowding. We’ll help you through the extraction of each tooth and work with you to find a quality replacement, such as dentures or dental implants.
After the extraction, we’ll give you instructions that will help facilitate an efficient healing process, such as:
Feel free to call us if you have any questions or concerns about your recovery.