There are instances when a tooth needs to be removed – if it is too broken down to repair, or is infected and the infection can’t be cured with a root canal procedure. Also when braces are put on, it may be necessary to remove teeth to make room to straighten out the rest of the teeth.
In other situations, a tooth could need to be removed to prevent damage to other teeth, such as when a wisdom tooth comes in and presses against the tooth next to it. (If a patient has impacted wisdom teeth, we refer the patient to an oral surgeon who Dr. Grody works with for these procedures.)
Simple Tooth Extractions
Many tooth extractions can be done in a simple way. Using local anesthetic, the regular type used for fillings, forceps are used to loosen and remove the unwanted tooth. Most often with this type of procedure no stitches are needed and the space heals over time by itself.
If a tooth is decayed and broken down, it may need to be removed in several pieces. It can sometimes be picked out using small instruments without the need to open the gum and stitch it closed later. If the broken pieces are more difficult to remove, then a localized surgical procedure is used to cut them out and the gum is stitched closed, usually with self-absorbing sutures which will dissolve by themselves over time.
In addition to extracting teeth, nowadays it is common to place material into the socket after the tooth is removed to help preserve and regrow jawbone in the hole where the tooth came out. This is called grafting and can be helpful later if we want to consider a dental implant in the empty space. We provide many types of extractions and grafting for our patients.
For more than 30 years, Dr. Dave Grody has been working with dental patients to improve their smiles. Give our dental practice in Augusta a call at (207) 622-0450. Our helpful office staff can speak with you about tooth extractions and schedule your appointment with Dr. Grody.