When treatment has been delayed too long or if treatment is unsuccessful we deem a tooth “non-restorable”. An extraction is recommended for the hopeless tooth. During this treatment, local anesthesia is applied to the area being treated. Nitrous Oxide or other forms of oral conscious sedation may be used for your comfort as well when requested. Once confirming that the area is numb, the doctor begins to gently loosen the tooth. Once loose, forceps are used to remove the tooth from its socket. In certain cases, incisions are made where needed and the tooth is sectioned for removal. Following removal of the tooth, the socket is cleaned and disinfected. If an incision was made, sutures are temporarily placed to allow better healing of the area.
Non-impacted and partially impacted wisdom teeth may also be extracted at our office. Wisdom teeth begin to erupt typically between the ages of 17 and 21. Patients may complain of posterior discomfort and pressure during this eruption. Extraction of the wisdom teeth will relieve the patient’s source of pain. In other cases, the patient may not develop symptoms early on, but the doctor may recommend the wisdom teeth be extracted due to lack of space, gum infection, decay, or cysts around the teeth. Failure to extract wisdom teeth when recommended can lead to unnecessary pain, infection, and a dental emergency. For this reason and others, we encourage patients to consider the removal of such wisdom teeth when indicated by the doctor.