A dental extraction or tooth extraction is the removal of teeth from your mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons. The most common reason to remove teeth is due to permanent damage through tooth decay also known as periodontal disease. A tooth is most often removed when patients experience a high level of tooth pain and the tooth is beyond repair. Other reason a tooth may be extracted is when teeth become impacted. When an impacted tooth is stuck and unable to grow normally into the mouth it can cause infections of the gum. Wisdom Teeth are the most common teeth that become impacted. And lastly, a tooth may be extracted for orthodontic purposes. When teeth are crowded, teeth may be extracted to create space so the rest of the teeth can be straightened.
Dr. Bruggeman finds tooth extraction a relatively straightforward process. The vast majority of cases can be performed quickly while you are awake. Local anesthetic injections may be used to eliminate pain. Dr. Bruggeman does his best to block pain, however mechanical forces are still vaguely felt. Some teeth are more difficult to remove. If the tooth is buried in the bone or concealed deep under the gum line Dr. Bruggeman will consult with you over the steps needed to remove the tooth.
Dental phobia is an issue for some individuals, and tooth extraction tends to be feared more than any other dental treatment like fillings. With local anesthetic, Dr. Bruggeman is confident your experience will be as comfortable as possible. When sever cases of phobia's exist ask our dentist about sedation.
Immediately after a tooth is removed, a bite pack is used to apply pressure to the tooth socket and stop the bleeding. After a tooth extraction, Dr. Bruggeman or his dental assistant will give instruction on how to care for the extracted area. Typically you are not to disrupt the area by touching the the socket with a finger or the tongue. You should avoiding vigorous rinsing of the mouth and strenuous activity. Allow a blood clot to form within the area. If the blood clot is dislodged, bleeding can restart and dry socket can develop. Dry socket can be very painful and delay the healing process. Please avoid smoking for at least 24 hours as it impairs wound healing and makes dry socket significantly more likely.