We want to help our patients preserve their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, extractions are necessary in some instances, such as when a tooth is too badly damaged to be saved with restorative treatment. If we recommend that you get one or more teeth removed, you can be confident that we did not come to that conclusion lightly. You can also be sure that we will perform your extraction with your comfort at the forefront of our minds.
In most cases, tooth extraction is a fairly straightforward procedure. After making sure that a patient is comfortable, we use forceps to grip the tooth. We rock it back and forth to break the ligaments that connect it to the surrounding bone. We take out the tooth and use gauze to control any bleeding. If you undergo a simple extraction (as opposed to a surgical one), you can expect to be able to resume your normal daily routine within a few days.