Extractions Specialist

Healthy Smiles Dental Care

General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Chelsea, MI, Flint, MI, Lansing, MI, Barton City, MI, & Muskegon, MI

While wisdom teeth are the most commonly extracted teeth for men and women, there are many reasons why having a tooth extracted could benefit your oral health. While the procedure may seem daunting, the team at Healthy Smiles Dental Care is knowledgeable and experienced in tooth extractions. If you need a tooth extracted, book an appointment online or over the phone at one of their locations in Chelsea, Flint, Lansing, Barton City (Jewell Lake Dental), and Muskegon, Michigan.

Extractions Q & A

Why might I need a tooth extraction?

There are several reasons why your dentist might recommend that you have a tooth extracted. These include:

  • Excessive tooth decay
  • Blocked incoming teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Infection
  • Impacted teeth
  • Extra room for movement by braces

Your dentist will only recommend extraction if it is necessary for your oral health.

What should I expect during my appointment?

Depending on the type of extraction you’re having, your dentist will give you a local or general anesthetic to make sure you're comfortable during the procedure. Your dentist will perform one of two types of tooth extractions:

Simple extractions

You will have a simple extraction if the tooth is visible in your mouth. It is a quick, in-office procedure that only requires local anesthesia. After numbing the area, your dentist will loosen your tooth with a device called an elevator. Then, they will pull the tooth out of your gum with a pair of forceps.

Surgical extractions

Surgical extractions are more complex than simple extractions. In addition to local anesthesia to the area around the tooth, you will likely be given intravenous or general anesthesia to further sedate you. Your dentist or oral surgeon will cut into your gum to extract a tooth that isn’t immediately visible in your mouth. They may also need to remove some bone to access the tooth.

What are the risks?

Tooth extractions come with some risks, so it’s important for you to follow your dentist’s instructions for preparation and aftercare. The risks include:

  • Development of a dry socket (exposed bone if blood doesn’t clot properly)
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Nausea
  • Infection that may lead to a fever
  • Redness and swelling
  • Jaw fracture
  • Damage to nearby teeth

If you experience uncontrolled bleeding, fever, excessive numbing, or other abnormalities after your appointment, you’ll need to contact your dentist for further care. Before your appointment, you’ll be informed of all symptoms to watch out for after the extraction is complete.If you need an oral extraction, book an appointment online or over the phone with Healthy Smiles Dental Care today.