Koeppel Dental Group will do everything possible to save your tooth. Unfortunately, sometimes due to pain, decay, cracks, impacted (growing sideways) wisdom tooth, or periodontal disease, a tooth may be deemed hopeless. To avoid future pain and infection, this tooth would need an extraction. Many advances in numbing and procedure techniques have made the extraction easier for the patient during the treatment and less painful during the healing process. Our compassionate, board-certified oral surgeon is aware that taking a single tooth or many teeth out can be a scary thought. His expertise and gentle touch will ensure you, the patient, a smooth experience with an easy recovery. We are proud to offer sedation dentistry to promise a relaxed visit.
Dental extractions do not have to be scary anymore. Our board-certified oral surgeon gladly offers sedation dentistry to our patients. You can rest easy, knowing that you are in the hands of an expert while you calmly have your procedure completed.
The extraction itself is very simple – we will gently loosen the tooth and slowly wiggle it out. You will not feel any pain, as our concerned doctors will ensure that you are completely numb before starting the procedure. Before you know it, the extraction will be done!
If more than one tooth is being extracted, many times an alveloplasty procedure will also be part of the extraction. This process smooths down the hard tissue that is left after the tooth is extracted creating a more comfortable healing process. Although many doctors do not perform this, it is critical for your comfort during the healing process. It ensures that no sharp areas will cause you pain or soreness. Your healing time will be reduced, and a level area will now be a better foundation for the placements of a bridge, denture or implants.
Once the tooth is extracted, there is a space left in the bone where the tooth used to be. It is critical to replace this space with a bone graft and membrane at the time the tooth is extracted. Teeth and bone work together in our mouths: teeth are supported by the bone, and the bone is supported by the teeth. After an extraction, the bone quickly starts to melt away. We want to slow this process from happening to avoid potential complications to the teeth next to this area. This is also necessary if there is a desire to place an implant to replace the tooth.
Bone graft is like a sand-like substance that is sprinkled into the site where the tooth used to be. This material preserves the space, as well as helps your bone grow into this area to make it your own. After about three months, the bone graft will be completely replaced by your bone. The membrane is used as a tent to hold the bone graft into place. It has a similar function as gums by protecting the bone graft while it becomes your own bone. Once this is all into place, the doctor will securely close this area with a few small stitches.
Our staff will then sit with you to review any post-operative instructions, as well as review any medications that may be recommended for you. There is never a rush in our office, so you will have as much time as you need to ask questions and clarify any concerns that arise. We specialize in personalized care. We will even send you home with a care package that includes some soft foods to get you started in case you did not have time to stop at the grocery store. Your comfort is our top priority throughout this entire process!