We strive to save all teeth if we can because there is no perfect replacement for what you are born with. However some teeth are so decayed or fractured to a point that the long-term viability is hopeless. These teeth must be extracted and we make it as painless as possible. We do not start until the area surrounding the tooth is deeply anesthetized. Dental anesthetic is used remove the stimulus of any sharp pain. You will feel pressure like someone pushing your shoulder but nothing sharp.
You may hear sounds like cracking or popping as the tooth is loosened from the surrounding bone. We try to make extractions as painless and noninvasive as possible. Most of the time our patients go right back to work the next day, using only over-the-counter pain medication like ibuprofen. Occasionally there is swelling and you can visit our aftercare instructions page to learn more. Once teeth are removed, our office will give you options to replace those teeth such as dental implants or bridges. This helps to avoid future problems of teeth shifting and damage to your bite.