Tooth extractions are our last resort at Bayview Dental, but in some cases, Dr. Steve Bakke may recommend an extraction if your tooth is too damaged to save, and an extraction is the best way to relieve your pain and discomfort and prevent further complications.
The best way to find out if you need an extraction is to schedule a consultation at our office. Contact us online or give us a call at 651-257-1140 to get started.
Each year, 5 million people have their wisdom teeth removed!
First, your mouth will be cleaned and numbed to prepare for the surgery. You won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the process.
Dr. Bakke will use special tools to loosen the tooth in the socket, and prepare it for extraction. Once the tooth has been loosened enough to remove it, he will use a pair of dental forceps to grasp the tooth tightly and pull it out.
Dr. Bakke will clean the area and suture the now-empty tooth socket shut to ensure proper healing and minimize bleeding after your procedure.
You’ll be sent home with a set of comprehensive healing instructions to follow as you heal. While you will mostly feel better after a day or two, it will take about 1-2 weeks to fully recover from your surgery.
Basic tooth extractions are required when a fully-erupted tooth has been damaged or destroyed beyond repair due to gum disease, tooth decay, or an oral injury. They are also sometimes called “simple extractions.”
If a basic extraction is necessary to remove one or more of your teeth, you will need to have the extracted teeth replaced with a partial denture, dental bridges, or dental implants. Failing to replace your teeth after an extraction can lead to further complications like teeth shifting toward the areas where your missing teeth used to be. During your consultation at Bayview Dental, Dr. Steve Bakke can discuss these treatments with you in more detail.
The wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth. This is the final set of four molars, which typically emerge between the ages of 17-25 in most patients. While these are a natural part of the mouth, they can disrupt the other teeth, causing a higher risk of tooth infections, and even changing the position of your bite.
Common signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be extracted include pain and discomfort in the rear of your mouth, bleeding or tender gums, and soreness and stiffness in the jaw. After they’re removed, the wisdom teeth do not need to be replaced, unlike other teeth.
If your wisdom teeth do not fully emerge, they are “impacted,” and surgical extraction will be required to remove them. In this process, your mouth is numbed, and then a small opening is made in the gums near the tooth.
Then, Dr. Bakke will use special tools to cut the tooth into pieces, extracting it through this opening. Once the process is complete, your gums will be sutured shut to heal. The process is a bit more complex and invasive than a basic extraction, but is still the best option for removing impacted wisdom teeth and preventing future complications.
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