Extractions

Extractions

Permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but it’s not always possible. Tooth extraction is tooth removal from the socket in the bone. Extractions might be needed for braces, bridges, or dentures, but other reasons could be:

  • Wisdom teeth that cause problems
  • Baby teeth that do not fall out to allow permanent teeth to erupt
  • A broken tooth or trauma
  • Tooth decay
  • Infection
  • Overcrowding of teeth

The dentists at Martin Orro DDS strive to make tooth extractions as painless as possible. At the beginning of the procedure, you will receive an injection of a local anesthetic to numb the entire area where the tooth must be removed.

You will be able to hear what is going on during the extraction, but you should be pain-free. If you experience any discomfort whatsoever, you should immediately let the dentist know so that he can administer more anesthetic. The tooth will be grasped with forceps and gently rocked back and forth to loosen it from the bone. It is possible that the tooth may have to be removed in pieces. Again, you should feel no pain.

Martin Orro DDS will give you after-care instructions for the extraction site after returning home.

After removing a tooth, an implant, denture, or bridge can be fitted for replacement of the missing tooth.

A lot of people worry about having teeth pulled, but it is not as scary as it sounds, especially if you know what to expect ahead of time. Martin Orro DDS will discuss the procedure with you before starting and make you as comfortable as possible.

Although extraction is usually very safe, the missing tooth can allow harmful bacteria into the bloodstream. There is also a risk of infection in the gum tissue. You may need antibiotics if you have any conditions that put you at high risk for developing severe infections.

Martin Orro DDS will collect your complete medical history to find out if you have any of the following:

  • Artificial joints, such as a knee replacement
  • Impaired immune system
  • Cirrhosis (liver disease)
  • History of bacterial endocarditis
  • Congenital heart defect
  • Man-made or damaged heart valves

Patients at high risk for infections will need to take antibiotics prior to any dental procedure, whether it is a simple cleaning or an extraction.

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