There are a lot of different reasons that teeth need to be extracted. Wisdom teeth extractions are the most common. The wisdom teeth are the third set of molars, which emerge between the ages of 17-25. Lots of patients don’t have space for these molars in their mouths, so they need to be extracted to protect their oral health.
Extractions also may be recommended if you have multiple severely damaged teeth due to oral injuries or chronic oral health issues like cavities and gum disease. Pulling these teeth is sometimes the best way to prevent further complications and relieve your pain.
Finally, extractions are sometimes required to prepare for other treatments like dental implants, dentures, or even orthodontic treatments, in some cases. If you believe you may need a tooth extraction, contact Indigo Dental right away for an appointment.
Some people don’t need their wisdom teeth to be extracted. If your wisdom teeth are growing into your mouth properly, there’s no need to pull them!
To begin the procedure, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed. Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan Crosland can also administer sedation to make you feel more safe and comfortable throughout your procedure.
Once you’ve been fully numbed and sedated, Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will use special tools to wiggle and loosen the ligament that holds the tooth into the socket.
After the tooth has been loosened and is ready to be pulled, Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will use a set of dental forceps to grab the tooth tightly and pull it out of your mouth. You may feel some pressure during this time, but won’t feel any pain or discomfort.
When the tooth has been successfully extracted, Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will clean up the area, absorb blood, sanitize the tooth socket, and then suture the area shut to ensure it heals properly. The previous steps will be repeated if you’re having multiple extractions in one appointment.
After your appointment, Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan will give you a set of healing and recovery instructions to follow, with instructions about how to clean your mouth, what to eat, and how to rest and speed up the healing process. Make sure to follow them closely as you recover.
No. Your mouth will be completely numb during the extraction process, and we also offer sedation dentistry at our office to ensure you feel absolutely no pain or discomfort while your tooth is being pulled.
The surgical site may hurt after your treatment is over, but the instructions provided to you by Indigo Dental will help you reduce pain and heal quickly, ensuring that this discomfort is minimal.
Yes. Unless you’ve had a wisdom tooth pulled, you’ll need to replace your missing tooth with a partial denture, dental bridge, or dental implant. Replacing your missing tooth preserves your oral health and the appearance of your smile, and also ensures you can eat properly and speak clearly after tooth loss. Dr. Michael or Dr. Meagan can discuss your options for tooth replacement during your appointment at Indigo Dental.
An extraction may be necessary for orthodontic reasons like overcrowding.
Usually. Tooth extractions that are required to remove impacted wisdom teeth, or damaged or decayed teeth, are typically covered by insurance. However, we recommend that you contact your insurance provider and work with them to fully understand your coverage and benefits.
Most patients can return to work or school within 2-3 days days following an extraction.
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