Caring and Comfortable Tooth Extractions

No one likes to hear they have to have a tooth pulled. It’s often the last resort when a tooth simply can’t be saved, whether because of traumatic injury, disease, or some other unfortunate event. Dentists strive to save every tooth, but sometimes this is simply not possible. In the case of severe damage or decay, extraction is sometimes the only responsible option.

Situations in which an extraction is indicated include:

  • Risk of infection

  • In preparation for orthodontic work or cosmetic treatment

  • Periodontal disease

  • Severe tooth decay

  • Tooth crowding

Prior to the extraction, the dentist will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area. If a tooth is impacted, gum and bone tissue surrounding the tooth is removed. Specially designed instruments are selected and used to remove the tooth as gently as possible. To protect the site and aid with clotting gauze in placed in the tooth socket.

Once the tooth has been extracted, Dr. Brooks will provide you with oral care instructions to help expedite healing, avoid infection, and minimize discomfort. While some local swelling and discomfort are normal for a day or two, this will soon pass. The next step is to discuss if a dental restoration is the right choice. Two popular options include a Dental Implant or Bridge.

Schedule your appointment with our office today for a consultation to confirm if tooth extraction is right for you.