Tooth Extractions Dentist in Pine Bluff

Tooth Extractions Dentist in Pine Bluff

 If a crown, filling or other treatment cannot fix your damaged or decayed tooth, your dentist may perform a tooth extraction. When a tooth is so damaged that nothing else can be done, a tooth extraction must take place. Essentially, a tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. Other common reasons for tooth extractions can be for wisdom teeth, baby teeth, extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in, infected teeth due to cancer treatments, and for preparation for braces.

There are two types of tooth extractions, simple and surgical. A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. The dentist will loosen the tooth with an instrument called an elevator, then pull the tooth out with an instrument called forceps. A surgical procedure is performed when a tooth is below the gum-line and cannot be seen. The dentist will make a small incision in your gum, then may remove some bone or cut the tooth in half to remove it. Typically, surgical extractions are done by oral surgeons, but general dentists can also perform the procedure as well.

Dr Michael Clark DDS, Tooth Extractions Dentist in Pine Bluff

A tooth extraction has a very important healing process, so it is important to follow all the instructions from your dentist to avoid any problems. After a tooth extraction, call your dentist or oral surgeon is the swelling gets worse, you get a fever, have trouble swallowing, have uncontrolled bleeding, or the extraction site becomes very painful.

If you think you may need a tooth extraction, call Dr. Mike Clark in Pine Bluff, AR to schedule an appointment.