The dentist will examine the tooth prior to extraction to determine and discuss with you the reasons for extractions and if any alternative treatment is possible. We may extract a tooth that is fractured, decayed, or infected that is no longer able to be restored. For example, we may extract an abscess tooth before the infection spreads to your jaw, face, and neck. We may also recommend dental extraction if you have impacted wisdom teeth.
There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical. The dentist will complete an exam to determine the type of dental extraction based on the current condition of the tooth.
For a tooth extraction, our dentist will first numb your tooth and surrounding tissue so you don’t feel any pain. Instead, you’ll only feel pressure on your tooth. Dr. Busch-Abbate uses a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth. She’ll then use forceps to extract the tooth from your mouth. Sometimes bone or tissue must be removed to access and extract a tooth. Instructions for care after an extraction will be reviewed.
Bone grafting may be placed in certain situations to help preserve the area for a future replacement tooth. The dentist will discuss with you your options for replacing the tooth, which may include an implant, dental bridge, partial denture, or full denture.
Our dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon depending on your medical history and the surgery necessary. Each patient is different, which is why it’s important to schedule an appointment for an examination with our dental office. Our dentist can help you plan out your next steps.
To request an appointment with Gentle Dentistry, call (269) 381-3890.
Our dental office treats many types of traumatic dental injuries, such as teeth that have been chipped, moved, or knocked out. Please contact our Kalamazoo, MI office for help with a dental emergency.