Tooth extractions are routine dental procedures used to remove decayed, damaged, or otherwise problematic teeth. Dentists usually make every effort to preserve natural teeth, although sometimes an extraction is necessary. Depending on which teeth are removed, they may be replaced with a dental implant or another oral prosthetic, such as a bridge or denture.
You may require the procedure if one or more of your teeth are decayed so severely that fillings or other restorations are not a possibility for treatment. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth (including wisdom teeth), advanced periodontal disease and cracked teeth.
We will review your medical history and the extraction procedure with you prior to starting. The extraction procedure depends on the shape and condition of the tooth. You will be given local anesthetic, which numbs the area around the tooth for a few hours.
Post-operative care following a tooth extraction is essential for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also to keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. Finally, you will be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as doing so may delay the healing process.