Extraction/Wisdom Tooth Removal
Whenever possible, we will try to restore a damaged or decayed tooth to avoid an extraction. This tends to involve repairing the tooth with a crown or other type of treatment. However, sometimes there is insufficient healthy tooth remaining. In these cases, we will recommend an extraction.
Other cases that call for extractions include baby teeth that fail to fall out, overcrowded teeth that need removing before we can fit you with braces, and wisdom teeth.
Wisdom teeth often need removing due to a lack of space in the mouth. This can mean teeth become trapped under the jawbone or gums or teeth may erupt at an angle. In either case, this puts you at a higher risk for cavities and gum disease, as parts of your wisdom teeth will be impossible to clean.
The Extraction Procedure
Most of the time, we are able to perform a simple extraction. This is possible when we can see the tooth in your mouth. The surgery usually takes no more than 45 minutes.
We will begin by taking an X-ray of your mouth to check the condition of the tooth under your gums. You will then receive a local anesthesia to numb the extraction site. If you are particularly anxious, you can also receive a sedative. We will loosen the tooth using an elevator tool and remove it using forceps.
Surgical extractions are necessary for teeth that have not erupted or have broken off at the gum line. This procedure involves cutting into your gums to access the tooth. If we are performing a surgical extraction on multiple teeth, such as in the case of impacted wisdom teeth, you may need a general anesthetic, meaning you will be unconscious for the entire procedure.