A tooth extraction or dental extraction refers to the procedure of removing teeth. The tooth is removed from its surrounding socket, which is the bone. There are many reasons to remove teeth such as severe decay, infection, or gum disease. If you have fractured teeth or impacted wisdom teeth you might need them removed.
At Advanced Dentistry of Richmond, we want to make the procedure as stress-free and painless as possible. To make the procedure more comfortable a local anesthetic is applied before the procedure.
A dental instrument -called an elevator– is used to wiggle the tooth in its socket. After it is loosened it is removed using dental forceps.
Dr. Klostermyer is an expert at tooth removal and has performed many painless dental extractions. She gently removes the tooth trying to keep it whole and makes sure to clean the socket completely, reducing the possibility of complications.
Like most other surgical procedures, extractions are not free of possible complications. There is a slight chance of infection, tenderness, or prolonged bleeding. Also, a dry socket and the loosening of neighboring teeth or fillings or crowns is possible.
Other very rare occurrences include:
- The displacement of an upper tooth into the sinus
- Jaw fracture
- Temporary or permanent numbness
To minimize this risk we underscore the importance of utilizing specialists where applicable.
After the loss of a tooth
After the loss of a tooth, it is important to replace it. Why? Once it is removed, the space created will allow the surrounding teeth to shift. This shift could cause a misalignment in your mouth. This can result in chewing or jaw-joint problems. The shifted teeth can be harder to clean. This makes them more susceptible to gum disease, decay or even tooth loss. For these reasons, it’s important to replace the tooth with a dental restoration. A bridge, removable partial denture or an implant are possible choices. Dr. Klostermyer will counsel you on your best option.
We are located in the Richmond, VA area off of 64 West, exit Glenside Drive South, West on Forest Ave, to Bayberry Court,