Tooth extraction, including the removal of wisdom teeth, is a common dental procedure performed for a variety of reasons. It could be due to a severely damaged tooth, an infected one, or an overcrowded mouth. At Maxillofacial Oral Surgery And Implant Center (MOSAIC), our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Noble, brings his expert skills and experience to every extraction, ensuring that the procedure is as comfortable and efficient as possible.
Understanding Tooth Extractions
A tooth extraction is essentially the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. This process is considered when a tooth is beyond repair due to factors such as extensive tooth decay, infection, trauma, or gum disease. The extraction process can alleviate pain, prevent the spread of infection, and pave the way for further restorative dental work, such as dentures, bridges, or implants.
One of the most common forms of tooth extraction is wisdom teeth removal. Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, typically erupt during the late teens or early twenties and can often cause problems such as impaction, infection, or crowding of other teeth. In such cases, removal is often the best course of action.
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
The tooth extraction process begins with a thorough evaluation of your dental health by Dr. Noble. He will discuss your needs and concerns, and explain the procedure, including anesthesia options. Most extractions are performed under local anesthesia, ensuring the area is completely numb. However, sedation options are available for those who are anxious or undergoing multiple extractions.
During the extraction, the tooth is carefully loosened and removed using specialized dental instruments. If necessary, small incisions may be made in the gum tissue for better access. While you may feel pressure during the extraction, the procedure is generally painless. After the extraction, the area is cleaned and sutured, if necessary.
Post Extraction Care and Replacement Options
Post extraction care is crucial to promote healing and prevent complications. Instructions will be provided for home care, which typically include rest, soft diet, and avoiding certain activities like smoking or using a straw.
Once a tooth is removed, it's important to consider replacement options to maintain oral function and aesthetics. At MOSAIC, we offer a variety of replacement options including partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. Dr. Noble will discuss these options with you and guide you towards the most appropriate choice for your specific needs and lifestyle.
Choose MOSAIC for Your Tooth Extraction Needs
Tooth extraction, while common, is a significant procedure requiring skilled care. At MOSAIC, we ensure the highest level of patient care and comfort throughout the process. We are dedicated to providing personalized treatment plans and using advanced techniques for a smooth, successful extraction experience.
Whether you need a simple extraction or wisdom teeth removal, Dr. Noble and the MOSAIC team are here to guide you through the process with professionalism, compassion, and exceptional care. Reach out to us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards improved oral health.