In some cases, a tooth is beyond restoration and the best treatment option is removal. While this is often the last resort, a tooth extraction can provide relief for tooth pain and prevent further infection or complications.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth that is deemed unrestorable because of severe tooth decay, infection, gum disease or a traumatic event. In some cases, surgery may be required to remove an impacted tooth from below the surface of the gums.
What to Expect
Before the Procedure
A tooth extraction can seem like a scary procedure if you don’t know what to expect. Dr. Foote and his caring staff will provide you with information about the procedure before it begins and will remain available to answer any questions you may have. This procedure is fairly common, and you will be given an anesthetic to numb the area around your tooth.
Dr. Foote may prescribe antibiotics to reduce the infection before the extraction. It is vital to inform the dentist of any medications, heart defects, immune disorders, artificial joints or other health conditions that may put you at risk. Before the procedure, you will be given a questionnaire where you will be able to share this information.
After the Procedure
After your tooth is removed, Dr. Foote will immediately apply a gauze pad. Biting on the pad will apply pressure to the socket and reduce the bleeding. Dr. Foote and his staff will also provide you with instructions for caring for the extraction site. Remember to care for your tooth as instructed to avoid further infection or dry socket.
Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Wisdom teeth removal is a common procedure for teenagers and adults in order to avoid complications related to the development of wisdom teeth. In some cases, wisdom teeth can grow in crooked, resulting in pain or infection.
Dr. Foote can perform x-rays and an evaluation to determine if wisdom teeth removal is right for you. We also offer referrals to oral and maxillofacial surgeons in the Columbia, MO area.
Make Your Appointment
If you need a tooth removed, contact our office at (573) 449-2311 or fill out our contact form to set up an appointment. We also offer dental implants for closing gaps or imperfections resulting from a missing tooth.