Extractions

Extractions

Everyone wants to keep all of their teeth for as long as possible. This is also your dentist’s goal – to keep the teeth healthy and to restore them if they should become damaged or decayed. However, some situations may occur that would require a tooth to be removed for the overall health of the mouth. Your dentist at Arlington Dental Associates is experienced in handling tooth extractions, both in diagnosing when one will be needed and the procedure itself. You can trust our team to advise you properly on what procedures will be necessary to restore your oral health.

Why is an extraction needed?

Your dentist will always consider alternative procedures before recommending a tooth extraction, but certain cases will require a tooth to be removed, such as:

  • Severe tooth decay
  • Impacted wisdom tooth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Failure of a baby tooth to fall out when it should (to allow the permanent tooth to come in)

Types of Extractions

There are two types of tooth extractions. A simple extraction consists of removing a tooth that is visible above the gum line; your dentist can grab it with forceps to remove it. A surgical extraction is needed when the tooth is only partially erupted or if the problem lies within the gum line.

Procedure

A tooth extraction will require a local anesthetic to numb the affected area. If multiple teeth are being removed at once, a general anesthetic will be administered to keep you sedated throughout the procedure. For a surgical extraction, an incision will be made into the gum tissue to access the tooth. It can then be gripped and pulled back and forth to loosen it. Once it has been loosened enough, it can be lifted out from the gums. If necessary, it can be broken up into smaller pieces before being removed. The site will be closed once the tooth has been removed; sutures can be placed on the area to help it heal.

Your oral health is your dentist’s number one concern at Arlington Dental Associates. We will do all we can to save your teeth, but if it becomes necessary to remove a tooth, you can have confidence that it will be done safely and comfortably as possible in our office.