At Drone Prosthodontics, we are always looking for ways to keep your mouth happy and healthy. Sometimes oral health means knowing when to remove a tooth that is too damaged to repair. Many times we can save teeth that have extensive decay or have experienced significant trauma with root canal therapy and crown placement. When Michael Drone, DDS determines that a tooth is too damaged to repair, we will often opt to remove it with a tooth extraction procedure. Tooth extraction describes the process whereby we remove your tooth from your mouth.
What is a tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction is a common dental procedure that can be classified as a simple procedure or a surgical procedure depending upon how complex it is. Simple tooth extractions are typically done when a significant portion of the crown is exposed. Examples of situations where we would perform simple tooth extractions are:
A surgical tooth extraction is required when we must make an incision to reach and remove the tooth from your jaw. Examples of situations where surgical extractions are required include:
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
The procedure for extracting a tooth is different depending on whether it is a simple extraction or a surgical extraction.
Simple Tooth Extractions
The first step in any procedure here at Drone Prosthodontics is to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. We will give you a local anesthetic to make certain that the area of your mouth with the tooth that needs extracting will be completely numb. Once we are sure that you can’t feel a thing we will begin the process of removing your tooth.
Simple extractions are, as you may have guessed, fairly straight forward. We use a tool called an elevator to grip the crown of your tooth and then we will begin rocking it back and forth, side to side. This slow, gentle motion will loosen the tooth in its socket and eventually it will come out with a slight pull.
Surgical Tooth Extractions
Surgical extractions are only slightly more complicated than simple ones, the main distinction between the two is that we will make an incision in your gums to remove a tooth surgically. The most common variety of surgical extractions are impacted teeth, usually wisdom teeth or canines. We have to remove impacted teeth before they have a chance to erupt fully because they can do a good deal of damage to other structures in your mouth
After Tooth Extraction
It’s important to follow a few guidelines following tooth extraction to make sure that the site heals properly and does not become infected. Do not use straws or create suction with your mouth as this has the potential to dislodge the blood clot that forms in the extraction site. Refrain from tobacco use while the site heals. Rinse frequently with warm salt water and avoid the site while brushing and flossing.
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