Tooth extraction is used to remove one or more teeth from your mouth, in order to remove damage, prepare for another dental procedure, or remove a wisdom tooth that is growing in improperly.
To start the procedure, Dr. Packard will numb the area, and administer sedation, if you desire. Then, using a special tool he will loosen the tooth in its socket and gently remove the tooth. Then, the area is cleaned and disinfected and typically sutured shut.
You should be able to resume your normal activities within a day. Make sure to follow the recovery instructions given to you by Dr. Packard, take your medication as prescribed, and avoid doing things like drinking from straws or spitting, as this can displace the blood clot in your socket and cause a variety of complications.
Symptoms like pain and discomfort, mild bleeding, and swelling/discoloration are common after the procedure and should subside within a week. If you notice these kinds of symptoms after a week or longer, you need to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Packard.
The cost of extractions vary, so it’s always best to schedule an appointment with Dr. Packard at Precision Dental to make sure you know exactly how much your treatment will cost. We accept most major insurance plans, and we can also go over your options for payment plans and financing to ensure that care stays within your budget.
The most common reason for tooth extraction is that your wisdom teeth are growing in improperly. The wisdom teeth grow in much later than the rest of our teeth, usually in the late teens or early twenties, and they often grow in improperly, which can cause damage to the surrounding teeth, infections, and other complications. Because of this, they are typically removed by a dentist.
Tooth extractions may also be required to prepare for a restorative dental procedure, like a dental implant or a denture. Extractions may also be required when a root canal fails and a tooth is severely infected, due to periodontal disease, or if a tooth has been irreparably cracked or damaged by oral trauma, such as a slip and fall or a hard hit in a contact sport.