If you are experiencing extreme sensitivity or are suffering from advanced periodontal disease, you may be required to have a tooth extracted. With a simple extraction, the dentist can safely remove the affected tooth without the need for major surgery.
There are numerous situations in which a simple extraction can help alleviate pain or prepare you for another cosmetic or restorative procedure.
Some Common Reasons for Extraction Include:
-Advanced periodontal disease that has loosened the tooth roots.
-Extra teeth or baby teeth that impede adult teeth.
-Preparing a patient for orthodontic treatment.
-Removing a fractured or malformed tooth.
-Severe tooth decay which cannot be remedied with root canal therapy.
How is a Tooth Extracted?
As a precaution, Dr. Bauder's assistant will first take X-rays of the tooth or teeth in question, to help diagnose the extraction or help plan the procedure. After preparing a method of extraction, you will be given a local anesthetic that will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure. Next, the dentist will use a tool called an elevator to lift the tooth and loosen ligaments and gum tissue around the base of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a pair of forceps, to gently rock the tooth back and forth until it breaks free of the ligaments holding it in the gum tissue. Occasionally, a stubborn tooth will resist the dentist’s soft tug, refusing to come out. In these and more complex cases, the tooth may need to be broken up into smaller pieces for removal.
Once removed, we will pack gauze into the socket and have you place pressure on the area by biting down. If necessary, Dr. Bauder will place stitches to close the socket.
There are Several Types, or Degrees, of Impaction Based on the Actual Depth of the Teeth Within the Jaw (Types of Extractions):
-Routine Extraction (Single and Multiple)
-Wisdom Teeth Extraction
-Soft Tissue Extraction
-Partial Bony Extraction
-Complete Bony Extraction
If you are at all nervous or have anxiety about extractions please do not hesitate to let anyone in our office know. Dr. Bauder is one of Soldotna’s leading sedation dentists offering multiple forms of sedation to help put you at ease before your dental treatment. He is one of only a few sedation dentists on the Kenai Peninsula that is trained and qualified to provide all forms of sleep dentistry including oral sedation, IV conscious sedation and general anesthesia. Our office is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment that allows full monitoring; an EKG, pulse oximeter, blood pressure monitor, a crash cart, defibrillator and airway supplies. Our entire team is here to restore your oral health and provide the finest dental treatment in a calm, compassionate and caring manner.
If you have questions about extractions or wisdom teeth please do not hesitate to contact our office. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE A FREE EXTRACTION CONSULTATION or please call our office at (907)262-8404 and we would be happy to help schedule you.
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