Sometimes, a tooth cannot be saved, and dental extractions may be necessary. A tooth extraction is just another way to say you got a tooth pulled. When something is difficult, we sometimes say it’s like pulling teeth. In reality, tooth extractions are routine dental treatments that can prevent a serious dental problem.
The most common tooth extractions are usually wisdom tooth extractions, but Dr. Turner may also remove a tooth if it's coming in at an angle, threatening the position of other healthy teeth or contributing to overcrowding in the mouth. Sometimes it is necessary to pull teeth in preparation for braces. Dr. Turner of course does dental surgery for dentures where the process is more complicated, due to the number of teeth being extracted.
In some cases, Dr. Turner may need to pull a broken tooth, as well as teeth with significant tooth decay that cannot be treated by a root canal. While it's Dr. Turner’s goal to do everything he can to save your natural tooth, in the end, removing a potentially harmful tooth can spare you time, money and discomfort.
Most tooth extractions take just a few minutes. To reduce tooth extraction pain, you'll receive local anesthesia to numb the tooth, jawbone and surrounding gums. Dr. Turner will then begin the extraction. When the tooth is fully detached, Dr. Turner will remove it and cover the exposed gum with a small piece of gauze.
Depending on what anesthesia was used and how many teeth were extracted, you may want to plan on having someone drive you home. If needed, you will leave the dental office with a prescription for pain medication, as well as supplies and instructions on how to care for your mouth to aid in the healing process.