Tooth Extractions

An extraction is a procedure to have a tooth removed, usually due to infection, trauma, or crowding.  Although permanent teeth were meant to last a lifetime, in many cases a tooth extraction may be the best course of treatment and sometimes is unavoidable.  You may be reluctant to to have a tooth extracted, but DCOF has the latest technology available to replace an extracted tooth. We can even use sedation to make you as comfortable as possible.

Reasons For Dental Extractions

 

Heavy decay or trauma

In some instances, there may not be enough healthy tooth remaining to repair the tooth. If this is the case, an extraction may be the best option for you.

Crowding of the teeth

Sometimes, a healthy tooth may need to be removed to make space for other teeth. This may also be done on the advice of an orthodontist to prepare for braces.

Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

Infection can lead to the loss of teeth as untreated periodontal disease causes the destruction of bone in the gums. When enough bone is lost, a tooth becomes loose. The gum around the tooth may also become infected.  When periodontal disease has progressed to this point, the recommended treatment may be to extract the tooth.

Prevent Infection

Sometimes, dental extractions may be needed to prevent infection if a patient has other medical problems. This is sometimes the case if a patient is undergoing chemotherapy or preparing for a transplant.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth that are healthy and positioned properly can be be an asset.  However, many times, wisdom teeth can cause crowding, infection and pain.  Your dentist may recommend extraction of wisdom teeth for this reason.  Many general and family dentists do not perform wisdom teeth extractions and refer out for the procedure. At DCOF, our skilled dentists are often able to perform extractions on wisdom teeth – saving you significant time and money.

What to expect during your visit

Our dentists at DCOF perform all types of extractions: simple extractions, surgical extractions, and even impacted teeth. They will diagnose your problem and discuss all the options with you.

If an extraction is decided upon, local anesthetic will be used to numb the tooth and surrounding area.  

• Sedation is an option for our patients . Our dentists can discuss the various types and what will help you best relax during your procedure.  We want to insure the highest level of comfort for you during your visit to DCOF. 

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