At Kirby Smiles, our doctors will do everything to save a tooth, if possible. In some cases, however, a tooth cannot be saved and must be extracted. Teeth may need to be extracted in the case of:
- Severe decay
- Infection or abscess
- Advanced periodontal (gum) disease
- Broken teeth or residual roots
- Impacted teeth
After a careful and thorough examination, your doctors may recommend a tooth extraction. X-rays will be taken of the area and a plan for the safe removal of the tooth will be made. For many people, local anesthesia (numbing) in the area of the tooth extraction is sufficient for their comfort during the procedure. However, every patient is different, and some may request sedation during their extraction appointment. At Kirby Smiles we are able to offer different levels of sedation depending on the patient's needs.
After the extraction is complete, the patient will be given care instructions that should be carefully followed for the next 24-48 hours. Pain and swelling in the area is common and normal up to 5-7 days after the extractions are performed. Our doctors will also discuss with each patient the use of pain medications after the procedure.