Dr. Mora makes every effort to preserve your natural teeth. However, extractions are necessary when decay has made the tooth unsalvageable or when you have an advanced periodontal disease. When a tooth is malformed, damaged, impacted or ingrown, different procedures are used, but all extractions are considered surgery. Upon examination, it will be determined if you are able to complete this surgery in office or if you will need to be referred to a specialist. Depending on which tooth is removed, we can offer you a replacement in the form of a dental implant, partial denture or bridge.
Do I need my tooth extracted?
"Are you in pain? There are different scenarios for every tooth causing pain. Once the tooth has lost it's integrity, the tooth is no longer functional; whether it be rot, periodontal disease or trauma. If upon evaluation, the tooth cannot be salvaged by a filling, root canal or crown treatment, an extraction will be the diagnosis."
What should I expect during an extraction procedure?
"Every patient experiences different sensations during treatment. The main sensation, and the most common, is pressure. The mind can sometimes deceive you into thinking that you are experiencing pain. If you feel a multitude of pressure, merely raise your left hand and we will talk you through or give you additional anesthetic. After the extraction is complete, you will receive post op instructions and stay with us for 5-10 minutes so that we may monitor your bleeding."
How long is the healing process?
"After an extraction, it's normal for the area to bleed mildly and the adjacent teeth to be tender to touch. On day 3-5, it is not uncommon for you to have earaches, headaches or throbbing from the extraction site; this is merely your bone regenerating. The average healing time is 14 days, in which time you will come in so that Dr. Mora can see how you're doing and rule out any infection that may have set in."