Here at Four Town Dental in Enfield, we strive to help our patients retain their natural teeth for a lifetime. Sadly, though, that is not always possible. Circumstances may arise that require us to perform gentle, compassionate tooth removal. Read this page to gain an overview of why tooth extractions are sometimes necessary, what happens during the procedure, and how you can enjoy a smooth recovery following this restorative service. Call us if you have any questions about what you learn.
Here are some reasons why we may determine that is necessary to remove one or more of a patient’s teeth:
Tooth removal is usually pretty straightforward. First, we numb your mouth so you will feel little to nothing during the procedure. We may also administer sedation. Once you are comfortable, we use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth out of its socket. Then, we hold it with forceps and rock it back and forth to break the connective tissues that are holding it in place.
Once the tooth is out, we clean the socket and use gauze to control bleeding. Later, we will talk with you about your options for tooth replacement.
Of course, some extractions are a bit more complex. We might have to create incisions or break a tooth into pieces. Even if that is necessary, you can still expect a comfortable and efficient treatment process.
Here are some practical things you can do to promote a smooth recovery following your extraction procedure: