Extractions & Wisdom Teeth
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Our dentists at LifeSmiles Dental perform extractions only when a less invasive option would be ineffective or if keeping the tooth would jeopardize your oral health.
Excessive tooth damage and problematic wisdom teeth are two of the most common reasons for tooth extraction. Teeth are sometimes pulled to prepare for other dental procedures.
For example, if a tooth is severely decayed or fractured beyond repair, extraction may be necessary before placing a dental implant.
Wisdom Tooth Removal
Wisdom teeth are the last set of molars to erupt in the back corners of a normal adult mouth, usually between the ages of 17 and 25.
This third set of teeth is not always functional and can crowd out other teeth as they develop.
They may also cause issues with your oral hygiene. In such cases, your dentist may advise you to have them removed.
What Happens During a Tooth Extraction?
First, we local anesthesia is given to numb your affected tooth and surrounding gum tissue.
Then, using specialized dental instruments, we will gently loosen your tooth and carefully lift it from its socket. In some cases, we may need to make small incisions in your gums to access your tooth, especially if it is broken or decayed.
Once removed, we clean and disinfect your tooth socket and may place stitches if required.