Tooth Extractions

Sometimes, when a tooth is damaged or infected, it can become an emergency, and a tooth extraction may be the best solution.

There are several reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted:

  1. Damage: Teeth that are severely damaged due to trauma or decay may need to be extracted if they cannot be restored with other dental procedures.
  2. Crowding: If there is not enough room in the mouth for all of the teeth, they may become crowded and misaligned. In some cases, extraction of one or more teeth may be necessary to create more space.
  3. Infection: Teeth that are infected due to decay or gum disease may need to be extracted if other treatments are not effective in treating the infection.
  4. Wisdom Teeth: Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, may need to be extracted if they are causing pain or are at risk of becoming infected.

The tooth extraction process typically involves numbing the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic, and then using specialized instruments to loosen and remove the tooth.

Following a tooth extraction, it is important to follow aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing. This may include taking over-the-counter pain relievers, avoiding hard or chewy foods, smoking, and strenuous activity.

While tooth extraction is not always necessary, it can be an important part of achieving oral health and preventing further dental problems. If you are experiencing dental pain or have concerns about the health of your teeth, contact our team at Dr. Douglas F. Geiger, DMD to schedule an appointment today.

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