Your dentist may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth may lead to problems in the future. Leaving a space where a tooth used to be can affect your chewing ability, cause problems with your jaw joint, lead to shifting teeth, all of which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases, our team will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.
The Extraction Process
At the time of the extraction, Dr. Reuter or Dr. Thompson will numb your tooth, jawbone and surrounding gums with a local anesthetic. During the extraction process you may feel a lot of pressure, but should not experience any pain. Noises are common and expected during dental extractions. Our doctors can also offer sedation to maximize comfort during these procedures.
Our team will make every effort to perform your extraction as minimally invasive and comfortable as possible. Should you experience any discomfort, please inform our team so that we can immediately address it.
Sectioning a Tooth
Some teeth require removal in pieces and it may be more minimally invasive in this manner. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can't expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply divides the tooth into sections then removes each section, one at a time.