Preparing for a Tooth Extraction
Before removing a tooth, we will take a full assessment and x-rays of your mouth. If there is nothing we can do to preserve the tooth, we will use the x-rays to determine the best way to remove the tooth.
For a tooth extraction, we will recommend sedation, so you can feel comfortable during the extraction. For patients undergoing sedation, you will need to arrange someone to drive you home after your treatment.
Types of Tooth Extraction
Depending on the reason why your tooth needs to be extracted, there are 2 main types of extractions:
- A simple extraction. A simple extraction is the removal of a tooth that is visible in the mouth. In simple extractions, we will loosen the tooth with a professional dental tool called an elevator, then we use forceps to extract the tooth.
- A surgical extraction. Surgical extractions occur when the tooth is not visible above the gum line – either because it is broken off, or it has not erupted yet. Surgical extractions are more complex than simple extractions.
Pain-Free Tooth Extraction
Depending on the kind of extraction you need, we will use some form of anesthetic. For simple extractions, we will use a local anesthetic to numb the area of extraction. You can also opt for sedation medicine to help you relax in the event that you are nervous for the treatment.
For surgical extractions, we will use a local anesthetic, as well as suggest a more moderate sedation. During your tooth extraction, you may feel some pressure, but you should not feel any pain. In fact, most patients that need an emergency tooth extraction feel a tremendous amount of relief after their infected or severely damaged tooth is extracted.