The Kellogg Dental staff knows that there are times when the extraction of a tooth is unavoidable. If a tooth is broken, damaged, or has too much decay, your dentist will try to fix it with a filling or crown. Sometimes the tooth is damaged beyond repair; in these instances your dentist will have to perform an extraction.
If your dentist determines that a tooth needs to be removed, they will take an X-ray to determine the best way to extract the tooth. There are two methods of extracting teeth: simple and surgical. In a simple extraction, your dentist will expand the socket holding your tooth and then separate the tooth from the ligament. This procedure is usually quick and done using only a local anesthetic. A surgical extraction is done by making a small cut into the gum surrounding the damaged tooth and removing it from there. Your doctor will give you a local anesthetic for this procedure, but they may also give you an anesthetic through an IV.
After the extraction procedure, your dentist will give you a list of instructions on what to do post-surgery. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the extraction procedure or sedation, be sure to discuss them with your doctor.
Call 517-618-0987 if you have any further questions about tooth extraction.