Tooth extraction is one of the most common procedures performed in our oral surgery clinic. Whether you’re having your wisdom teeth or a different tooth removed, it can be done without pain. We offer anesthesia options for your added comfort.
Before the Procedure
We will need an X-ray to determine the exact size and shape of the tooth that needs to be removed, as well as to look at the surrounding anatomy. It helps to determine the location relative to nerves, sinuses and your other teeth. An x-ray can also determine if any infection is present. If so, your surgeon may ask you to take antibiotics for several days before and after the extraction. If your dentist has already taken an xray, be sure to bring it to your appointment so we can avoid repeating it.
Types of Extractions
Simple extraction: Performed when the tooth can be seen your mouth, and the roots are not attached the jaws. After the tooth is numbed, one of our oral surgeons will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then, forceps are used to remove the tooth from the socket. Most people will be comfortable with local anesthesia, but other anesthesia options are available if you are nervous or have had a bad experience in the past.
Surgical extraction: More complex, this procedure is required when the tooth has broken at the gum line or has not erupted into your mouth as is often seen with wisdom teeth. A small incision is created, followed by sectioning of the tooth. Sometimes a small amount of bone needs to be removed as well. Then the surgeon will remove the broken or impacted tooth. Dissolvable stitches are placed.