Dr. Schmidtke may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed. Others may have advanced periodontal disease or are broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth) or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and
shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, Dr. Schmidtke will discuss alternatives to tooth extractions as well as
The Tooth Extraction Process
At the time of extraction Dr. Schmidtke will need to numb your tooth, jawbone, and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. Some patients opt for sedation or general anesthesia. Often, pressure, noise, or infection can be associated with the process. Sedation or general anesthesia can make the procedure much more comfortable to complete.
During the extraction process you will feel significant pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal. Some teeth require sectioning. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time.
You feel the pressure without pain as the local anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction, please let us know right away. It is our goal to make your dental extraction experience as pain free and comfortable as possible.