Tooth Extractions Protect
the Health of the Other Teeth
Natural teeth are designed for biting, chewing and maintaining jawbone and facial structure. Restoring, saving and repairing the natural teeth is always Dr. Glenn’s priority. However, there are times when a tooth removal must be completed due to decay, disease or trauma. Teeth extractions involve the removal of one or more teeth from the natural socket out of necessity. Dr. Glenn and staff are able to improve the patient’s health by removing a tooth that is beyond repair because it will help to restore the function of the mouth and protect the other teeth while promoting the retention of bone.
Common Causes for Tooth Removal
- Severe decay
- Advanced periodontal disease
- Complicated fracture
- Oddly positioned tooth that is negatively impacting the other teeth, which is common with wisdom teeth
- Non-functional tooth
Teeth Extraction Process – What to Expect
- Non-surgical Teeth Extractions – Nonsurgical teeth extractions are completed by pulling the tooth out in one clean piece. Dr. Glenn will grasp the tooth with his dental tools and gently removes the tooth from the socket for a quick removal.
- Surgical Teeth Extractions – A surgical tooth extraction is completed when a tooth is fractured, decayed or breaking apart. We may need to cut the gum to remove the entire tooth. Surgical extractions are more complicated and require more time. The recovery may also be more uncomfortable for the patient.
Teeth Extraction Anesthetics
An anesthetic is provided before the extraction to reduce any discomfort, and the mouth will remain numb for several hours after the extraction is completed. While the mouth remains numb, the patient is warned to avoid eating food or biting their inner cheek, lips or tongue. The numbness should wear off in a few hours.
Tooth Removal Aftercare
A gauze pack is typically placed at the extraction site to limit bleeding and to help a clot to form. The gauze pack should be left in position for approximately 45 minutes. The patient should avoid chewing on a gauze pad. Further instructions will be provided by Dr. Glenn and staff after the extraction is completed. The gum will naturally heal on its own, and a follow-up appointment may be scheduled with us.