There are some situations where extraction, or removal of the tooth, is the best treatment option. Extractions are necessary when teeth are so badly broken or decayed that they cannot be restored or if teeth are impacted, which means there isn’t enough room for the tooth to grow in its normal position. Teeth may also need to be extracted to make room prior to orthodontic treatment. Some patients choose extraction over other available treatment options because it’s a less expensive alternative to a crown or root canal therapy. In many cases, that decision is yours.
Most extractions can be done here, but we do occasionally have to refer patients to an oral surgeon. We try to make the extractions as painless and anxiety-free as possible. In most cases, antibiotics need to be prescribed before the extraction can be done. Anesthetics are not effective if the area is infected. Dr. Trent uses a topical anesthetic, as well as a local anesthetic. When having a tooth extracted, there should be no pain, only some pressure as the tooth is removed. If a tooth is severely decayed, broken, or impacted, a surgical extraction may need to be done. This just means that the tooth has to be sectioned and taken out in pieces or a surgical incision is necessary in order to remove the tooth. Sutures may also need to be placed.
After the extraction is complete, we will give you a list of instructions to follow to make sure that the healing process is as smooth as possible, along with any medication you may need.