A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the bone. If your tooth has been broken or even damaged by decay, we will first try to fix it with a filling, crown, or other treatment. However, there are times where there is simply too much damage and the tooth can’t be saved. When this happens, an extraction is required. There are many different reasons why patients need to receive tooth extractions. They may have extra teeth that block other teeth from coming in. Sometimes, we need to extract baby teeth so your permanent teeth can come in correctly. Many cancer patients develop infected teeth because their drugs weaken the immune system. The same often happens with people who receive organ transplants. They are more likely to suffer from infections in their mouths. Many people need to have a tooth or two removed prior to getting braces. This creates room for the teeth that are about to be moved. However, before we extract any teeth, we always take an X-ray of the area. This will help us to figure out the best way to remove the tooth. At this time, it is also important for you to show the dentist any medications that you take, as well as take the time discuss your dental history. There are two different types of extractions that we do. The first type is a simple extraction which is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In this simple extraction, Division Street Dental will use an instrument called forceps to remove the tooth. The second type is a surgical extraction. Division Street Dental will make a small incision into your gum. It is sometimes necessary to remove some of the bone around the tooth or to cut the tooth in half in order to extract it. You can be sure that you are in good hands when you are at our office. Our staff understands how scary it can be to come to the dentist so we go out of our way to be gentle and provide you with a good dental experience. We also want you to be prepared so if you ever have any questions before or after, you are always welcome to ask. If you have any questions regarding a tooth extraction or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today at (503) 774-3033.