Tooth Extractions in Ashland OR - Alleviate Toothaches & Tooth Pain
There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction
can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative
procedure. Some common reasons for
Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth
Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth
Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment
Removing a fractured or malformed tooth
Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal
Severe decay with insufficient tooth structure remaining to restore
How is a tooth extracted?
As a precaution, the dentist will first take X-rays of the
tooth or teeth in question, to help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction, you
will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during
the procedure. Next, the dentist will
use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum
tissue around the base of the tooth.
Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the
tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the
gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn
tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth
may need to be sectioned up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will pack gauze onto the socket and have
you place pressure on the area by biting down.
If necessary, the dentist will place stitches to close the socket. Post operative instructions will be given at the appointment.
If you are sick the week prior to your scheduled
extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative