If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may required to have a tooth extracted. The periodontist can extract the tooth and prepare the site for an implant or place the implant on the same day.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
There are numerous situations in which an extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure. Some common reasons for extraction include:
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
- Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
- Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
- Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy
How is a tooth extracted?
As a precaution, first take X-rays will be taken 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. The periodontist uses certain new techniques to remove teeth as atraumatic as possible to preserve the surrounding bone.
Once removed, the area will be cleaned and rinsed and often times a small dissolving plug will be placed to help healing and stabilize the blood clot. If necessary, the periodontist will place stitches to close the socket. We will pack gauze over the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down.
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.