Tooth Extractions

Why do I need an extraction?

Dr. Jill Colson and Dr. Chad Colson may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.

In some cases, the removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.  To avoid these complications, Dr. Jill Colson and Dr. Chad Colson will discuss alternatives to extractions, as well as replacement of the extracted tooth.

There are certain circumstances that will require an oral surgeon to remove a tooth or teeth.  Dr. Jill Colson and/or Dr. Chad Colson will discuss this with you at your appointment.

The Extraction Process

At the time of the extraction,  the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.

During the extraction process, you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.

You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.

If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away.

Sectioning a Tooth

Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections, then removes each section one at a time.

After Tooth Extraction

After tooth extraction, it is critical to follow the verbal and written home-care instructions provided for you.  They are also available here on this website.

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