“In many cases, we can avoid extractions. But if you do need an extraction, we can handle it quickly and without pain.”
— Dr. Christopher Campus
When is removing a tooth necessary?
Unfortunately, there are times when it is necessary to remove a tooth. For children, sometimes a baby tooth is misshapen or has long roots that prevent it from falling out as it should, and the tooth must be removed to make way for the permanent tooth to erupt. At other times, a tooth may have decayed beyond the point where it can be saved, and is putting the surrounding teeth at risk. In those cases, we may recommend removal and replacement with a bridge or dental implant.
Infection, orthodontic correction, or problems with a wisdom tooth may also necessitate removing a tooth.When it is determined that a tooth needs to be removed, we may recommend extracting the tooth during a regular checkup or we may request a separate visit for this procedure. (It often depends on whether there are additional complications with the extraction that will require more time, such as when a tooth is impacted.)
Extracting a Tooth
The root of each tooth is encased within your jawbone in a “tooth socket,” and your tooth is held in that socket by a ligament. In order to extract a tooth, we’ll expand the socket and separate the tooth from the ligament holding it in place. While this procedure is typically very quick, it is important that you share with us any concerns or preferences for sedation. (We typically do not sedate for extractions; our patients have found that local anesthetic is sufficient for eliminating any pain. We may, however, be able to prescribe anti-anxiety medication for certain patients.)
After the Procedure
Once a tooth has been removed, neighboring teeth may shift, causing problems with chewing or with your jaw joint function. To avoid these complications, we always recommend that you replace the extracted tooth. Typically our patients opt for a dental implant with a crown. The good news is that after your tooth is extracted, we can place the implant and a permanent crown in a single visit!
Wisdom teeth are a type of molar found in the very back of your mouth. They usually appear in the late teens or early twenties, but may become impacted (fail to erupt) due to lack of room in the jaw or angle of entry. When a wisdom tooth is impacted, it will need to be removed. If it is not removed, you may develop gum tenderness, swelling, or severe pain. Impacted wisdom teeth that are partially or fully erupted tend to be quite difficult to clean and are susceptible to tooth decay, recurring infections, and gum disease.
Wisdom teeth are typically removed in the late teens or early twenties because there is a greater chance that their roots have not fully formed and the bone surrounding them is less dense. These two factors can make extraction easier as well as shorten the recovery time.