Tooth Extraction (Removal)

General Procedure

When restorative procedures such as a root canal, crown, or filling are not enough to save a tooth, the tooth may need to be extracted (removed).

Tooth extraction procedures today are far more comfortable than ever before.  Many of our patients report little to no discomfort with only minor bleeding.  Our team at Bushnell Family & Cosmetic Dentistry is well trained in all types of extractions.  In fact, other dentists in the region have referred their patients to our office to perform their extractions.

Before a tooth is extracted, the gum tissue adjacent to the tooth is numbed with a topical anesthetic.  After the topical anesthetic has numbed the gum tissue, a local anesthetic is injected into the area to numb the tooth, bone, and surrounding gum tissues.  We use the most advanced local anesthetic systems for your comfort.

Patients with extracted teeth sometimes need to take an antibiotic, and at the very least, take precautions following the procedure to ensure that infection doesn't occur.

Smoking, vigorous brushing and rinsing, and drinking liquids through straws are discouraged during the post-operative period because they hinder healing and may cause the wound to open. Cold compresses applied to the outside cheek near the extraction area can help reduce any swelling and promote faster healing.

Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that erupt in the back corners of the upper and lower normal adult mouth. Unfortunately, most people experience problems from wisdom teeth; in most cases, this is because the teeth erupt too close to existing permanent teeth, causing crowding, improper bites, and other problems.

If wisdom teeth are causing a problem, this could mean that they are impacted.  Impacted wisdom teeth can be extremely painful, as well as harmful to your oral health. Symptoms are easy to spot: severe discomfort, inflammation, and some kinds of infections.

Many people need to have their wisdom teeth extracted to avoid future serious problems. In general, the lack of the four wisdom teeth does not hamper one's ability to properly bite down, speak or eat.

If you experience any of the following symptoms, you may have an impacted wisdom tooth:

  • Facial swelling
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Gum swelling