An extraction is a procedure to remove a tooth from its socket in the jawbone, usually due to disease or injury. At Homeland Avenue Dentistry, our dentist may perform a simple extraction if your tooth is impacted or has not erupted through the gums. Our dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps and gently rock it back and forth to loosen it and the surrounding gum tissue. Once loose enough to be removed, the dentist will remove the tooth using a series of controlled movements to remove it from the socket. In some cases, the removal will be more complex and require surgical incisions to access the tooth entirely. In these cases, our dentist will have you under anesthesia during the procedure to ensure maximum comfort. After the process, you may need stitches to close the extraction site, although these are usually dissolvable. Our dentist may also give you antibiotics to prevent infection at the site. Recovery usually takes a few days, and the extraction site may take months to heal completely.
A tooth extraction might be necessary to preserve your overall health or improve your smile's look. There are several reasons you may need an extraction, including:
A tooth extraction is a routine procedure that your dentist can efficiently perform. Removing a tooth when it’s causing severe oral pain or infection is essential, or if the teeth are crowding one another. Visit Homeland Avenue Dentistry at 1037 Homeland Ave, Greensboro, NC 27405, or call (336) 272-0132 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our team!