Tooth Extractions

A dental extraction (also referred to as exodontia) is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. Extractions are performed for a wide variety of reasons, including tooth decay that has destroyed enough tooth structure to render the tooth non-restorable. Extractions of impacted or problematic wisdom teeth are routinely performed, as are extractions of some permanent teeth to make space for orthodontic treatment.

Simple extractions are performed on teeth that are visible in the mouth, usually under local anaesthetic, and require only the use of instruments to elevate and/or grasp the visible portion of the tooth. Surgical extractions involve the removal of teeth that cannot be easily accessed, either because they have broken under the gum line or because they have not erupted fully. Surgical extractions almost always require an incision. Occasionally, the tooth may be split into multiple pieces to facilitate its removal.

Usually within an hour after the extraction a blood clot forms in the socket. Bleeding is common in this first hour, but usually decreases quickly as time passes. Thereafter, the socket will gradually fill in with soft gum tissue over a period of about one to two months.

If an extraction is necessary for your oral health, Dr. Roshan will carefully explain the necessity, how the extraction fits in with your treatment plan, and the expected outcome. Because Dr. Roshan is a cosmetic dentist as well as a general dentist, we highly encourage patients who need extractions to discuss all their options with Dr. Roshan.