An extraction is the removal of a tooth from your mouth and is usually only used when every other method of repair and/or saving the tooth has been exhausted. Common reasons for extraction include:
- Severe tooth decay or infection
- Advanced gum disease that could affect bone structure or tissue
- A tooth is blocking other teeth from coming in
- To create room for other teeth being moved into place via orthodontic devices
- To prevent the pain and complications of Wisdom Teeth or third molars before they arrive
What to expect:
First, Dr. Derrick A. Johnston will numb the area around the tooth being extracted in order to reduce discomfort. During your extraction, a feeling of pressure from the tooth being removed will be felt, but no pain will come alongside it. Usually, the entire procedure can be completed within just a few minutes.
Following the extraction, a small amount of bleeding is to be expected. Gauze will be administered to the area to help clot bleeding though it may persist for about 24 hours post-procedure. Make sure to follow our instructions on changing the gauze and maintenance closely to avoid infection or complications.
If you have a tooth that you believe may require an extraction, feel free to call Noblesville Family Dentistry at (317) 773-1302 and let us discuss options and set you an appointment today!