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Extractions

The loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on overall oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are occasions when a tooth may become non-restorable and need to be removed. A tooth may need to be removed if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced gum disease
  • Non-treatable infection or abscess
  • Impacted teeth
  • Orthodontic correction

The dentist may suggest an extraction after careful examination and treatment. X-rays are used to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone before extracting the tooth. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to an oral surgeon to make the process more comfortable for you.

A certain amount of pain and discomfort is to be expected following the removal of a tooth, but it can be minimized with Tylenol or Motrin and ice packs applied to the face for 15 minutes at a time. Discomfort should lessen within three days to two weeks.