Tooth Extractions and Oral Surgery in Mesa
If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple tooth extractions, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.
Reasons for a Tooth Extractions
There are numerous situations in which a simple tooth extractions can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common reasons for extraction include:
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
How is a Tooth Extracted?
As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down. If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket.
Sedation Dentistry Options for Oral Surgery
Sedation dentistry, which is sometimes referred to as sleep dentistry involves utilizing oral or IV medication, or Nitrous Oxide in order to create a relaxing experience for patients during a dental procedure. Sedatives are perfect for anxious patients who fear going to the dentist, and used for some oral surgery procedures. Ask your dentist about sedation options during your appointment, and learn more here.
Home Care After A Tooth Extraction
Before you leave our office, your dentist will go over specific home care instructions, as well as what to expect after your oral surgery procedure. You can also view our home care tips here.
Schedule An Appointment
If you’re experience tooth pain, or have a cracked/broken tooth, you may need to have it extracted. Please call our office as soon as possible for an appointment.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.