When a tooth has been broken or damaged by decay and there is too much damage for the tooth to be repaired, the tooth may need to be extracted.
The first step during an extraction will be to take X-Rays, allowing Chavez Family Dental to help plan the best way to remove the tooth. There are two common types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is a common dental procedure. During a simple extraction, Dr. Chavez will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator and then uses forceps to remove the tooth. Teeth extractions are commonly done with a local anesthetic.
Surgical extractions are a little more complex. These occur when a tooth has broken off at the gum line or has severe decay down into the bone. During this procedure, the staff at Chavez Family Dental will make a small cut into the gums. Sometimes, it is necessary to either cut the tooth in half or remove some of the bone before extracting the tooth. if the tooth to be extracted is in the sinuses or surrounded by large nerves you may be referred to an oral surgeon for treatment.
After an extraction, we will give you detailed instructions on how to care for the area and what to expect, including any prescription medications that are involved.