What is a Tooth Extraction?
Extractions involve completely removing one or more of your natural teeth. We do everything that we possibly can to save a tooth from being removed. However, there may come a time when there is no other way to save a tooth and it will need to be removed. Extractions are done easily and simply in our office at your own convenience.
Why would a Tooth Extraction be needed?
Extractions may be needed for a variety of different reasons. They can be done on both pediatric as well as adult patients in need of this procedure. Some reasons you’d need an extraction include:
- A tooth is loose or severely decayed
- A tooth has broken below the gum line
- A tooth is impacted (wisdom teeth)
- A baby tooth is being stubborn and not falling out on its own
- You want to avoid the trouble of other procedures
What makes you a candidate for a Tooth Extraction?
Dr. Sylvie Lam will be able to examine the tooth and take x-rays as needed. This can help us to determine if you might need an extraction. We will then schedule you to come in for the procedure. If the tooth can be save any other way, we will suggest this before completely removing the tooth from the mouth.
What happens during the Tooth Extraction process?
The procedure begins with an anesthetic administered to numb the area. The tooth is then loosened and removed from its underlying socket. Stitches are placed to carefully close the gums. This will help them to heal properly and prevents infection. We will have you bite down on a piece of gauze as needed to stop any bleeding. You will then be sent home with care instructions that are important for taking care of the new surgical site. The entire procedure can be done in less than 30 to 60 minutes in our office.
If you would like to come into our comfortable and spa-like office for an extraction, call us today so that we can schedule you for a consultation.