Sometimes it’s necessary to extract a tooth. The most common reason we extract a tooth is when it is damaged by decay or injury and it’s placing your other teeth and your gums at risk of infection or damage. Although no dentist wants to extract a tooth, it’s sometimes the best solution to preserve your overall dental health.
How extractions are performed
Depending on the tooth being extracted, an extraction can be simple or it can require surgery. Surgical extractions involve making incisions in your gum tissue to access and remove the tooth.
The extraction is performed under a local anesthetic with optional sedation. After we extract the tooth, we’ll preserve the remaining socket to keep it from drying out and to keep the surrounding bone from collapsing into the socket.
We’ll also recommend options for replacement teeth, such as bridges, dentures, and dental implants.