Why Do I Need an Extraction? A tooth may need to be removed due to severe decay, infection, an abscess, or severe damage. Removing a tooth is necessary when damage to a tooth is so severe that no other treatment will cure the problem.
Will I Feel Any Pain? Before the extraction the dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed so you do not feel any pain at all. Any mild discomfort that you may feel after the tooth is removed can be easily controlled with pain medication.
Will I Be Prescribed Antibiotics? Yes, prescribing antibiotics is fairly routine to prevent any infection from the surgery.
Will I Need Stitches? Usually no. However, some cases may require stitches. If so, your dentist will tell you if/when you need to have the stitches removed.
Healing After the Extraction: The healing process should only last a few days. To ensure a quick and easy recovery be sure to take any medications as prescribed and closely follow the directions given to you by your dentist.
Can I Replace the Tooth? Yes. You have a few options if you would like to replace the missing tooth. Dental implants are permanant replacements for one or many teeth. A bridge can be used to replace one or many teeth and is permanant or removable. If you are missing several or all teeth in the same area then a partial or full denture may be used. It is important to replace missing teeth to prevent any kind of bone loss in the area. Bone grafting can also prevent deterioration of the jaw bone.
Bone Grafting Bone grafting is necessary in areas where there is a deficiency of bone. This is often recommended if you are having a dental implant placed in the site of the extraction. It is wise to graft the bone in every extraction site because it preserves the area for future restorations.