If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple extraction, Dr. Wiele can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common reasons for extraction include:
- Recurrent infection in a tooth that has already had a root canal
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be restored
How is a tooth extracted?
As a precaution, we will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, Dr. Wiele will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, Dr. Wiele will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist our soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will recommend socket ridge preservation using Steiner Bio socket graft products. If necessary, we will place stitches to close the socket. In some cases we will recommend PRF (Platelet Rich Fibrin) to be placed into the socket to speed the healing process. It has been Dr. Wiele's experience with socket preservation the incidence of dry socket is reduced to next to zero.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.