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Tooth Extractions—The Basics

By: | Thursday, December 31st, 2015 | Tooth Extraction

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Although tooth extractions should be avoided when possible, sometimes they are necessary to protect your health and the rest of your mouth. Keep reading to learn more.

When are tooth extractions necessary?

While treatments such as root canal therapy, can often save an original tooth, there are some situations where a tooth extraction is necessary. While saving the original tooth is ideal, it isn’t always possible.

Situations where tooth extractions may be necessary include:

What is the procedure like?

At Dr. Price’s office, there are two types of extractions and which one you need will depend on a number of factors.

The first type of extraction is often referred to as the simple extraction. This type of extraction is performed if the tooth is still visible in the mouth. Forceps and an elevator are used to apply slow and steady pressure to remove the tooth. Local anesthetic is used during this extraction to numb your mouth.

The second type of extraction is surgical extraction. This is usually necessary for teeth that cannot be easily accessed. Surgical extractions are slightly more complicated and sometimes the gums need to be cut into in order to remove the whole tooth. General anesthetic is used to keep the patient asleep and pain free through the procedure. After the tooth is removed, the dentist will put gauze in your mouth to stop the bleeding and in some cases stitches will be used to close the area. After your mouth has healed, your dentist may recommend using a dental implant, bridge, or dentures to fill in the gap created by the extracted tooth.

To learn more about tooth extractions, contact Dr. Stephen Price.



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