Tooth extractions are common procedures that remove the tooth from the bone socket. The extraction will alleviate pain and infection in the long run, which allows you to optimize your oral health. When there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, an extraction becomes necessary. Dr. John Gordon has extensive experience with tooth extractions and will work with you to ensure that you feel safe and comfortable with the procedure.
Although permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, there are several occasions on when teeth may need to be extracted. Here are some scenarios when your dentist may recommend an extraction:
- When a tooth has decayed past the point of restoration, it is important to proceed with an extraction to prevent any spread of infection.
- A crowded mouth may require a tooth extraction to prepare for orthodontic procedures.
- Gum disease (also known as periodontal disease) causes infection in the tissues and bones around the teeth. If the disease has created loose teeth, tooth extraction may be necessary.
- Impacted teeth (such as your wisdom teeth) can require an extraction.
There are two different ways a tooth extraction can be performed. If it is a simple procedure, the tooth is loosened using an instrument called an elevator and is then extracted. If the extraction is more complex, a surgical procedure may be necessary. During this process, the oral surgeon will make an incision in your gum and remove the broken or impacted teeth (likely wisdom teeth).
Many people have a misconception of the process is painful and uncomfortable. This is rarely the case and your doctor can offer you an injection of local anesthesia to numb the area so you feel minimal discomfort. Dr. John Gordon has over 40 years of experience in tooth extractions and performs this procedure routinely.