Extraction of Teeth
Patients often are referred for routine and surgical extraction of teeth by their general dentist or dental specialist. Extraction of teeth is a surgical procedure that is often performed to treat a multitude of oral dental diseases, oral health diseases, problems related to malocclusion (how your teeth fit together), etc. Some of these diseases and disorders include the following:
- Extraction of diseased teeth (teeth with cavities, abscessed teeth, teeth with failing root canal treatment, etc).
- Extraction of fractured teeth as a result of trauma or normal use.
- Extraction of non-restorable teeth.
- Extraction of teeth to eradicate chronic periodontal disease.
- Extraction of malpositioned teeth (often necessary to aid orthodontic treatment, or to aid oral hygiene).
- Extraction of teeth to alleviate dental crowding (often is used to facilitate orthodontic treatment.)
- Extraction of impacted teeth.
With an oral examination and x-rays of the mouth, Dr. Bundy will evaluate the tooth/teeth that are indicated for removal. Dr. Bundy can determine if there are any current problems and predict if there may be future problems.
All outpatient surgery is performed under appropriate anesthesia to maximize patient comfort. Dr. Bundy has the training, licensure, expertise and experience to provide various types of anesthesia for patients to select the best alternative. These services are provided using appropriate monitoring equipment to provide optimum safety. And our staff are experienced and certified in anesthesia techniques and assisting in surgery performed under anesthesia.
Surgery and Anesthesia Options
In most cases, the removal of teeth is performed under local anesthesia. IV sedation renders patients semi-conscious. Local anesthesia with nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia (“laughing gas”), or local anesthesia with IV sedation are also options avalable to patients. IV sedation renders patients semi-conscious.
These options, as well as the surgical risks will be discussed with you before the procedure is performed. Once the teeth are removed, the gum may be sutured. Most sutures that are placed dissolve. To help control bleeding, bite down on the gauze placed in your mouth. You will rest under our supervision in the office until you are ready to be taken home. Upon discharge, your postoperative kit will include postoperative instructions, prescriptions for pain medications as appropriate for your surgery, and possibly a prescription for an antibiotic. A follow-up appointment may be scheduled but often is not necessary. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call us at 303.932.7458.