Sometimes, a tooth is so severely damaged that the only option left is to remove the tooth through dental tooth extraction. There are several different types of extraction procedures and the dentist will first need to view a current x-ray of your tooth to determine the type of dental extraction procedure that would be best to remove your tooth. Dr. Ashwin and Dr. Ken at Fenwick Dental are highly experienced in removing teeth. We will always begin by numbing the tooth first. We always check to ensure the tooth is completely numb and you are comfortable before we perform the tooth extraction procedure.
Most tooth extractions are what we call simple tooth extractions. We gently work to loosen the tooth and take it out. We then continue on to clean any remaining scar tissue or infection left behind. We will make sure that there is no infection left in the socket. We may need to prescribe you pain reducing medication so you do not have discomfort afterward.
In some cases, the Dr. Ken or Dr. Ashwin will need to section the tooth in two or more pieces using a surgical burr. This will allow them to easily remove a tooth that has divergent roots. A Surgical burr may also need to be used to separate the tooth and the jaw bone. Just as we do for a simple extraction we then continue on to clean any remaining scar tissue or infection left behind. We will make sure that there is no infection left in the socket. We may need to prescribe you pain reducing medication so you do not have discomfort afterward
An impacted tooth is a tooth that is covered partially or completely by tissue or bone. It is usually wisdom teeth that require an “impacted tooth extraction”. In many cases, wisdom teeth will partially erupt and this can lead to dental health issues that require wisdom tooth extraction to be deemed necessary by Dr. Ken or Dr. Ashwin. When a tooth is impacted your dentist may require the use of surgical burrs or a scalpel to remove tissue or bone that surrounds the tooth. By removing the tissue or bone surrounding the tooth your dentist is able to more easily remove the tooth.
In some cases, sutures will be needed after dental extractions, and under some circumstances, Dr. Ken or Dr. Ashwin may need to perform other procedures following the tooth extraction. These additional procedures could include a sinus lift, bone grafting, ridge preservation, or placing artificial clotting agents.