Our dentists make every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant or oral prosthetic.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
As dentists we do our best to preserve as many teeth as possible. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to preserve every tooth. An extraction is a last resort when fillings and crowns are no longer options. If the Doctor decides that extraction is the best course of action, then you will be given options as to how you can replace the missing tooth.
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
Rest assured that the treating Doctor will ensure you are completely numb before beginning the extraction process. Once the procedure is done you will be given instructions as to how to care for the effected area. Please realize it is not uncommon for you to be scheduled for a post operation check to ensure proper and complete healing of the effected area. Prescriptions will be administered at the discretion of the Doctor.
How long is the healing process?
It is hard to say exactly how long the healing process will take. Some individuals can heal within a week while others can take up to three weeks for complete healing. Also if a bone graft is used, bone reabsorption can take from four to six months.