Dr. Toms will always try to save a natural tooth rather than extract (remove) it. However, sometimes an extraction is necessary for optimal dental and periodontal health. You may require a tooth extraction if you’ve suffered an injury, have overcrowding or extensive tooth decay. Other reasons for tooth extraction may be an impacted tooth, oversized teeth, misaligned teeth, or to make space for a dental implant. Dr. Toms will advise you during your checkup.

Tooth extraction is a fairly common procedure in which a damaged or broken tooth is carefully removed. In some cases, the tooth may still be whole. This is called a simple extraction. Your mouth will be numbed and Dr. Toms will grip the crown of the tooth and move it back and forth until it comes up out of the gums.

In some cases, the tooth may have been broken off at or below the gumline. Since there is nothing to grab hold of at that point, Dr. Toms will need to do a more intensive procedure, called a surgical extraction. This will require what’s left of the tooth to be fully exposed by carefully moving the gum out of the way. The gum tissue will then be stitched back in place following the extraction.

All extractions are accompanied with sufficient anesthesia to ease any discomfort or pain. Sedation is also available if you are concerned about being able to relax during the procedure. Dental anxiety is fairly common and our team has the means and the compassion to help you experience less distress and be more comfortable. So please let us know how we can best assist you.

Extractions are also typically followed by a ridge augmentation or socket preservation in order to fill in the space left in the jawbone and keep the tissue from deteriorating. In most cases, this will need to happen before a dental implant can replace the extracted tooth.

Dr. Toms can look at your specific situation to determine if a tooth can be saved or if it needs to be extracted. Please call us at (513) 922-7300 to schedule an appointment today.