An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding. There are different types of extractions depending on the condition of the tooth structure. Dr. Ben will look at dental x-rays and your teeth to determine whether you may need a simple extraction, a surgical extraction or if you need wisdom teeth extracted. In some cases, he can perform the tooth extraction at our office, but in more difficult cases, he may need to refer you to an oral surgeon.
If you need an extraction, Dr. Ben will first numb the area to ensure you are comfortable and it is painless during the procedure. After the extraction, we will advise you of what post extraction regimen to follow. In most cases a small amount of bleeding is normal. Your mouth will slowly fill in the bone where the tooth root was through the formation of a blood clot. This blood clot is important for healing and keeping you comfortable after the anesthesia wears off, therefore it is important to follow your post-operative instructions carefully.
Wisdom Tooth Extractions:
If you are having a tooth extracted due to disease or trauma, we will recommend you think about how you will replace the missing tooth. Missing teeth affects the teeth around it and will eventually lead to bone loss, therefore we will often recommend a bone graft for socket preservation at your extraction appointment. Donor or synthetic bone is placed in the socket immediately after a tooth extraction. It fills the void left behind by the missing tooth and prevents the sides of the socket from caving in. If you are unsure how you will want to replace the missing tooth in the future or if you plan to have a dental implant, you will need a bone graft during your extraction procedure appointment.