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Simple Tooth Extractions

Simple tooth extractions are performed to treat periodontal disease and extreme tooth sensitivity. A simple tooth extraction removes the affected teeth without the need for surgery. A simple tooth extraction treatment may be needed to help alleviate pain or prepare for a cosmetic or restorative procedure. Various other reasons include:

  • Advanced periodontal disease
  • Remaining baby teeth
  • Removing a fractured tooth
  • Severe tooth decay

Simple Tooth Extraction Candidates

Simple tooth extraction candidates may deal with teeth crowding, tooth decay, tooth damage, injury to the teeth, or gum disease. Dr. Patel will meet with the patient for a complete consultation before any procedure at Valley Alder Family Dentistry. Dr. Patel will perform an oral examination to evaluate the state of the patient’s oral health. Dr. Patel may also perform a digital X-ray exam to further assess the patient’s dental health. If the patient is a candidate for simple tooth extraction, Dr. Patel will create a customized treatment plan. Dr. Patel will spend time educating the patient on any pre- and post-surgery instructions.

A simple tooth extraction process

The dentist will begin the treatment by completing an oral exam and an X-ray exam to diagnose the issue. The patient will then be given a local anesthetic to numb the area of concern. The dentist will utilize an elevator device to lift the tooth from the ligaments and gum tissue. The tooth will be gently removed from the gum tissue. If the tooth will not move, then the dentist will break the tooth into smaller pieces for removal.

Once the tooth is removed, the dentist will place gauze into the socket and have the patient apply pressure. If needed, the dentist may close the socket with stitches. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the simple tooth extraction.

Tooth Replacement After A Simple Tooth Extraction

Following a simple tooth extraction, patients have the option to replace the tooth after the procedure. Patients can replace the tooth with the following dental procedures:

Wisdom Teeth Extractions

Wisdom teeth are the third molars and the last teeth to appear in the mouth in the back of the mouth between the ages of 17 to 25. In some cases, there is no room for wisdom teeth and this may cause the teeth to become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause infection, damage to the surrounding teeth, and tumors.

Wisdom teeth may also cause:

  • Soft Tissue Impaction
  • Partial Bony Impaction
  • Complete Bony Impaction
  • Disease
  • Tooth Crowding
  • Wisdom teeth exam

Wisdom teeth exam

Patients should schedule an early evaluation appointment once wisdom teeth appear to avoid any potential problems caused by wisdom teeth. The dentist will meet with the patient for a comprehensive oral evaluation. An oral exam will be performed to evaluate the patient’s current oral health. Panoramic or digital X-rays will also be taken to view the position of the wisdom teeth and diagnose any possible issues.

Wisdom teeth removal

Wisdom teeth removal can address pain, swelling, tooth decay or infection. Wisdom teeth removal is performed under local anesthesia, intravenous (IV) sedation, or general anesthesia. Patients will be given post-operative instructions and medication to help manage any possible swelling or discomfort.

Contact Valley Alder Family Dentistry today to find out more about our simple tooth and wisdom tooth extraction procedures.