When might dental extractions be necessary?

Woman waiting for a dental exam The idea of removing a tooth might sound scary, but there are times when dental extraction is necessary. Dr. Steven E. Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM are here to provide a wide range of solutions for patients, including simple and surgical dental extractions.

When might I consider dental extractions?

There are several reasons why a dentist might recommend the permanent extraction of a tooth:

  • Preparation for full dentures
  • Preparation for orthodontic treatment
  • Alleviating overcrowding in the smile
  • Removing a tooth with severe decay
  • Removing a tooth that has had failed endodontic therapy
  • Removing the third molars or wisdom teeth that might be impacted or problematic

What types of extraction can be performed?

The type of dental extraction performed on a patient will vary depending on whether or not the tooth has erupted through the gumline and is accessible to the dentist. Exposed teeth are easily removed during a single appointment with a simple extraction. This involves numbing the area and using specialized instruments to remove the tooth from the bone of the jaw. Patients who have impacted teeth, such as impacted wisdom teeth, may require surgical extraction which is more invasive. This often requires cutting into the gum tissues, stitches, and longer recovery. The type of extraction needed will be chosen by the dentist during the initial evaluation.

How long is recovery time after an extraction?

Simple extractions have less recovery time than surgical extractions. Simple extractions may require a few days of a softer diet and over-the-0coutner pain medications, while surgical extractions often require a week or two of a soft food diet and a follow-up appointment with the oral surgeon. Prior to patients having these procedures performed, they are advised as to what to expect before, during, and after their procedure.

How do I learn more about dental extractions?

Dr. Steven Holbrook and his team in Albuquerque, NM are here to help patients with simple and surgical dental extractions. Call the office at (505) 881-1159 to request a consultation visit with our team at 8228 Louisiana Boulevard, NE Suite C. We are open to new and returning patients in the community and beyond.

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