Learn about Simple Tooth Extractions from Cheryl L . Moccio DMD
There are many reasons why you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple or surgical extraction, Dr. Moccio can safely remove the affected tooth.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
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 extraction include:
- Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots
- 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 therapy
How is a tooth extracted?
Dr. Moccio or your dentist will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, then a consultation will be done to help plan the procedure. On the day of surgery, with oral or IV sedation and Nitrous Oxide (laughing gas) you will be given a local anesthetic. Next, Dr. Moccio will use an instrument called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, Dr. Moccio will gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue for removal. In more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal. Dr. Moccio will then place sutures (stitches) to ensure good healing.
Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down.
If you are sick the day prior to your scheduled extraction or on the day of, please contact our office, as alternative arrangements may need to be made. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.