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Lancaster Tooth Extractions

Man receiving dental treatmentIn most cases, the Lancaster Family Smiles team works hard to help patients maintain their healthy, natural teeth, but when tooth extraction is necessary, our skilled restorative dentist and dentistry team are happy to provide these services. As always, we offer these advanced treatments in a pain and stress free environment. When you need to replace the extracted tooth, we also offer a wide range of tooth replacement options, including implant supported restorations. If you want to learn more about tooth extractions or other dentistry services, call to schedule a consultation in our Lancaster dental office. We’ll examine your smile, make treatment recommendations, and partner with you to create a personalized plan to deliver a healthy, beautiful smiles.

What is a Tooth Extraction?

Woman with toothache holding cheek

Tooth extraction procedures call for the removal of one or more teeth when necessary to ensure the maintenance of oral health. These procedures can be complex, but when performed properly, they can help patients maintain healthy smiles.

Why Would I Need a Tooth Extraction?

Metal clasp holding extracted tooth

Keeping healthy, natural smiles is almost always the best option, but there are some cases where that simply isn’t possible. You may need one or more teeth removed in any of the following situations:

  • To prepare the smile for orthodontic treatment when teeth are too crowded to move easily
  • To prepare for the design and placement of partial or full dentures, one or more teeth may be extracted
  • When a tooth’s structure is too damaged or decayed to support a restoration
  • When a primary (baby) tooth does not fall out on its own, impeding the development of adult teeth
  • When a tooth is impacted, unable to erupt from the gum line
  • Wisdom teeth, third molars, are the most often extracted teeth as they can lead to numerous oral health concerns including crowding and impaction

How are Extractions Performed?

Young woman having tooth removedThere are two ways to remove teeth by pulling or surgical extraction. Pulling a tooth is only possible when it has fully erupted from the gum line. We can then use a metal clasp to shift the tooth back and forth until it breaks free from the supportive bone and soft tissue. If the tooth is not fully erupted or does not pull free, a surgical removal is necessary. These surgical extractions typically include cutting away soft tissue, breaking down supportive alveolar bone, and in some cases, we may even split the tooth into two or more parts for easier removal.

What Should I Expect Following Tooth Extraction?

After your tooth extraction procedure, you will experience some pain and inflammation, but this discomfort should improve rapidly. Typically, symptoms are cleared up within a week of your extraction. If you notice increasing pain or sensitivity, you may be experiencing complications that need to be addressed by our team. Call us right away. We will help you relieve any pain and make a complete recovery.