Why would I need a dental extraction?
If a tooth has incurred an excessive amount of trauma or damage that is beyond repair, we will likely suggest removing it and replacing it with a dental restoration. Teeth can also be irreparably damaged by infection and gum disease, so it is not uncommon for a tooth extraction to be performed in those cases. Sometimes teeth don’t grow in correctly, they can’t break through the gums, or they are crowding and damaging other teeth, and the best way to fix the issue is by removing one or more teeth.
Do tooth extractions hurt?
We completely understand when patients are intimidated by the thought of having a tooth or several teeth removed, which is why we work hard to make our dental extractions as easy and relaxed as possible. We always apply a local anesthetic around the tooth to completely numb the area. You may feel some pressure at some points during the tooth extraction process, but it should not be painful. If you would like to utilize dental sedation during your appointment, Farmington Dental offers both nitrous oxide and oral conscious sedation.
How will I know if I need a tooth extracted?
Our team will work with you to determine the best treatment option for you. We practice conservative dentistry, so our team never recommends invasive restorative procedures that patients don’t need. Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common types of dental extractions, and these procedures usually take place during patients’ late teens years or in their early twenties. When we take X-rays during your biannual dental appointments, we will let you know when we think you should schedule a wisdom tooth consultation.