An extraction is a dental procedure that involves the removal of a tooth. While dentists always strive to save and preserve natural teeth, there are situations in which extractions may be necessary for the benefit of the patient’s overall oral health.

Indications for extractions include:

  1. Severe tooth decay or damage beyond repair
  2. Impacted wisdom teeth causing pain or potential complications
  3. Overcrowded teeth requiring removal for orthodontic treatment
  4. Advanced periodontal disease compromising the tooth’s support
  5. Non-restorable broken teeth

The extraction process begins with a thorough examination and digital X-rays to evaluate the condition of the tooth and the surrounding bone structure. Dr. Triplett will then administer local anesthesia to ensure your comfort during the procedure. The tooth is carefully loosened and removed using specialized dental instruments. After the extraction, a gauze pad is placed over the extraction site to control bleeding and facilitate clot formation.

Post-extraction care is essential for a smooth recovery. Dr. Triplett will provide detailed instructions on how to care for the extraction site, manage discomfort, and maintain oral hygiene during the healing process.

There are several tooth replacement options available after an extraction, including dental implants, bridges, and partial or complete dentures. Dr. Triplett will discuss the most suitable option for your specific needs and help you restore your smile and dental function.