There may come a time when it becomes necessary to remove a tooth or several teeth. An orthodontic correction, badly decayed tooth, problematic wisdom tooth or a severely fractured tooth will require tooth extraction.
When it’s determined that your tooth/teeth need to be removed, your dentist will extract it during a regular check-up or they may schedule another visit depending on your specific situation.
Extractions are performed surgically or non-surgically. In a surgical extraction, an incision is made to access the tooth. Sometimes the dentist will have to break the tooth in several pieces so it can be removed. A surgical extraction is necessary in cases wherein the tooth has broken or is not easily accessible. Non-surgical tooth extraction, on the other hand, is performed using dental forceps and a tool called an elevator.
What Happens After Extraction?
After you have your tooth removed, you’ll likely experience bleeding in the extraction site during the first hour, until a blood clot forms in the socket. Healing will take about a week, and in the course of 1-2 months, the socket will start to fill with gum tissue. After six months, the final socket closure with bone material will develop.
If you have badly decayed or damaged teeth, or other conditions that may necessitate tooth extraction, please call our office in Fort Myers at (239) 939-7070 to schedule an appointment.