Most teeth that are extracted can be performed routinely by your general dentist. However, there are specific reasons why your dentist may want to refer you to see us at Blueridge OMS.
Some of the indications for removal of teeth include pain, severe decay, disease, infection, misalignment and crowding.
During an extraction, instruments are used to maneuver and loosen the tooth and to deliver it with forceps. Occasionally, a tooth may have curved roots or have extensive decay to the gum line requiring sectioning and delivery in segments. When the tooth is delivered in segments or when a flap is raised to gain better access to the tooth, it is known as a surgical extraction.
Most of the time, we can extract teeth in a short appointment with local anesthesia. We have options for sedation and even general anesthesia to make you more comfortable.
Typical recovery time before normal eating is usually 1-3 days depending on your medical history and complexity of the extraction.