At Vivid Smiles®, we offer conservative treatment, which means that we will only suggest a tooth extraction if it is absolutely necessary and beneficial for your oral health.
We’re dedicated to your comfort and safety, so we use powerful numbing agents and have sedation available to keep you calm and relaxed throughout your treatment.
If you have a damaged tooth or painful molar erupting that you think may need to be extracted, our dentists offer honest advice to help you make the best decisions for your oral care.
The most common reason that a patient may need to have a tooth extracted require is a problematic wisdom tooth. The wisdom teeth are the final set of rear molars, which usually erupt between the ages of 17-25. By this age, many people do not have enough space in their mouths to accommodate these teeth. This can lead to the improper growth of the tooth and can cause the other teeth to shift or become “impacted”. In most cases, extracting the wisdom teeth is the best way to treat these issues.
Teeth may also need to be extracted if they are seriously damaged by an oral injury, tooth decay, or gum disease. Some dental procedures may also require extractions, like the placement of a dental implant or a partial/full denture. Sometimes, teeth may also need to be extracted to prepare for orthodontic treatment.
Common signs that your wisdom teeth are not erupting correctly include swollen gums around your rear teeth, jaw pain, swelling around your jaw, and gum bleeding. In some cases, you may even have bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth, or a fever. If you recognize any of these signs or symptoms, come in for an appointment at Vivid Smiles to have your wisdom teeth checked and extracted, if necessary.
First, your mouth will be numbed to ensure that you do not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Then, Dr. Philip or Dr. Paruchuri will use specialized dental tools to loosen your tooth in its socket. Once the tooth has been loosened, they will pull the tooth out by its root. Then, the area will be sanitized, cleaned, and sutured shut. The entire process typically takes less than 5 minutes per tooth.