Extracting teeth or “pulling” teeth is needed for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we pull teeth because your mouth is crowded – this is especially true for children in preparation for orthodontia. If you have an infection of your tooth that cannot be fixed with a root canal or antibiotics, you may need to have that tooth extracted to prevent further infection. In addition, if gum disease has caused loosening of a tooth, it may be necessary to pull the tooth as well.
If you need an extraction, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area. If necessary our dentist will cut away gum and bone tissue to reach the tooth. Sometimes a few stitches are necessary after the procedure. Some stitches dissolve and others need to be removed. The recovery period is usually just a few days.