Dentists and dental professionals work to help you keep your natural teeth. However, sometimes that’s just not going to happen. Teeth can become so badly damaged by injury, disease or decay that extraction is the best choice. Sometimes teeth can be overcrowded to a point to where removing one or more teeth is necessary to keep the other teeth healthy. Tooth extraction can be the most cost-effective solution to a compromised tooth at times.
Your dentist at Absolute Dental in Gilbert can remove a troublesome tooth in a fairly rapid painless procedure, as long as the tooth in question has emerged fully from the gums. Teeth that need removal but haven’t erupted from the gums and teeth that are broken off at the gumline require a more complex procedure. That kind of involved process is still available in our office.
A simple extraction’s process is straightforward. The tooth and gums are numbed and a tool called an elevator loosens up the tooth, then dental forceps pull it free. The area is packed with gauze and complete.
During a surgical extraction, you may get both local and intravenous anesthesia. You will remain conscious, relaxed and aware. The oral surgeon at Absolute Dental in Gilbert will make a small cut into your gum to get to the tooth. Sometimes a tooth will need to be sectioned into smaller pieces. This is more common with broken teeth or wisdom teeth.
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