Restoring Your Oral Health
With proper care, adult teeth can last a lifetime. However, a tooth may become damaged due to trauma or decay which can lead to long-term oral health issues.
If you have a damaged or decayed tooth that your dentist cannot save, an extraction may be necessary to preserve your oral health.
Teeth may also be extracted to prepare for other dental procedures, such dentures or dental implants, or if your wisdom teeth are compromising the function and alignment of your smile.
If your dentist determines you need an extraction, rest assured we'll address any questions or concerns you may have. We'll also discuss tooth replacement options and help you remain calm and comfortable during the extraction process.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Between the ages of 17 and 25 years old, most adults have wisdom teeth erupt in the back corners of their mouths.
This last set of molars is not always functional and can crowd out other teeth as they grow. Teeth may also become partially or fully trapped beneath the gum line or jaw bone which may be painful and result in gum disease or cavities.
Your dentist may recommend removing the teeth to avoid long-term oral health issues and related conditions.
Tooth Extraction & Recovery Process
A tooth extraction involves removing a tooth from its socket in the bone. After your dentist removes your tooth, they will lay a piece of gauze on the extraction site and ask you to bite down gently, applying pressure to the area to help blood clot.
Over the next few days, avoid putting pressure directly on the extraction area, eat soft foods and follow the instructions you'll receive from your dentist to avoid infection or other complications.
You may experience light bleeding on the first day. Contact us right away if you notice excessive bleeding or severe pain occurs.