There are a number of reasons a tooth may need to be extracted:
– Is non-restorable, badly decayed or has split
– Is effected by severe gum disease (periodontal disease)
– Is impacted, which often happens with wisdom teeth, or
– Teeth requiring removal for orthodontic treatment.
In many cases dental extractions can be done in the chair during a regular appointment. Your dentist will first go through your medical history and discuss any medications you may be taking. It is likely your dentist will then take an x-ray of the tooth to assess the tooth and determine if any other treatment options are available. If extraction is the treatment plan decided upon, this x-ray will also help the dentist determine the best way to remove the tooth. During this time your dentist will also discuss what types of replacement options are available, such as a dental implant, bridgework or a partial denture.
Tooth Extraction Aftercare
The dentist will make sure you are completely numb before beginning the procedure. In chair gas sedation known as ‘happy gas’ can also be provided to make you feel calm and relaxed during treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you drink after a tooth extraction?
Is it safe to exercise after tooth extraction? Why or why not?
How long does it take to heal after a tooth extraction?
What options are there to replace a missing tooth?
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