Our goal is to preserve the natural tooth whenever possible. There are circumstances, however, when a tooth extraction is required to restore proper health and function to the smile. Having a tooth “pulled” is an unpleasant thought for most people, our dentists use sedatives to make the procedure more comfortable.
There are many reasons to have a tooth extracted:
- To remove a tooth affected by decay or disease
- To remove a cracked, broken or damaged tooth that cannot be restored with a dental crown or veneer
- To make space for other teeth
- To improve alignment
- To remove wisdom teeth
Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common tooth extractions. The removal of wisdom teeth is generally recommended in adolescents before the teeth are fully developed. There is a considerable amount of pain associated with wisdom teeth, when they don’t have room to grow, they may become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can become infected, damage neighboring teeth or negatively affect the alignment of teeth.
With most surgical extractions, the patient is given a sedative. We offer various types of sedation dentistry depending on the needs of the patient and the complexity of the procedure. In general, it takes about five to seven days for the gum area to heal and about three to four weeks for the area to heal completely after having a tooth pulled.
If you need to have wisdom teeth removed or a tooth pulled, please contact SCM Dental to schedule and appointment.