Tooth extractions are a last resort option to stop an active oral health problem or to prevent worsening damage. At Sunlight Dental we will always exhaust other restorative options before resorting to extraction but in some instances, a tooth cannot be saved and needs to be removed.
Some of these instances include severe dental trauma, untreated tooth decay, impacted teeth, to make room for orthodontic treatment, overcrowding, gum disease, or in preparation for full dentures. Contact us at Sunlight Dental to schedule a consultation today.
Additional bone tissue may need to be removed during a surgical extraction.
Dr. Christiansen will need to examine your tooth to determine if the tooth can be saved or if it needs to be removed.
When the tooth is impacted, we need to make an incision into the gums to gain access. Oftentimes the tooth is also sectioned for easier removal.
A dental elevator rocks the tooth until it’s sufficiently loosened.
After loosening the tooth, forceps are used to grab hold of the tooth and remove it.
For surgical extractions, we will suture your gums shut.
Most extractions are basic extractions. This means that the tooth being removed can be seen in the mouth because it is not impacted in the gums. Since the tooth has fully erupted, no incision or sutures are necessary and the tooth only needs to be loosened and removed. This process is much simpler, faster, and less invasive which is why recovery is also shorter at about 3 to 4 weeks.
Wisdom teeth do not always need to be removed but because most people lack adequate space in the jaw to accommodate these third sets of molars, they more often than not are extracted.
If you are experiencing repeated infections, inflammation, tooth decay, severe tooth or jaw pain, sinus problems, bad breath, cysts, changes to your bite, or damage to surrounding teeth, then your wisdom teeth should be removed.
If a wisdom tooth has fully erupted (which is less common) it will be removed through a basic extraction. However, most wisdom teeth are impacted and require surgical removal. This is commonly done under general anesthesia but can also be done under local anesthesia depending on the complexity of the case.
An incision is made into the gums so we can access your tooth. Additional jawbone may need to be removed for easier access. The tooth is then sectioned into small fragments. These fragments are loosened and removed just like a basic extraction.
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