Tooth Extraction

Good oral hygiene should always be practiced since the loss of a single tooth can have a major impact on your oral health and appearance. Although dentists will use every measure to prevent tooth loss, there are still some occasions when a tooth may need to be extracted. A tooth may need to be extracted if the following occurs:

  • Severe decay
  • Advanced periodontal (gum) disease, which involves loss of supporting bone.
  • Infection or abscess
  • Orthodontic correction
  • Fractured teeth or roots
  • Impacted teeth

After careful examination and treatment, Dr. Wolbaum may advise having a tooth extracted. Before a tooth is removed, the dentist will take an x-ray in order to understand the shape and position of the tooth and surrounding bone. Based on the degree of difficulty, we may refer you to a specialist called an oral surgeon.

What to expect

Dr. Wolbaum will first administer anesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort and eliminate pain.  During the extraction, you will feel the pressure of the tooth being removed, but will not feel any pain.  Typically, the dentist is able to remove your tooth within a matter of minutes. Immediately after the tooth extraction, a small amount of bleeding is normal and patch of gauze will be placed in the affected area.  The area may bleed minimally for the next 24 hours or so and taper off after that.  We will give you instructions on how often to change the gauze, and what other post-procedure steps to follow.