Simple or Difficult Extraction in North Mankato
Extracting a tooth involves entirely removing it from its socket. Teeth may be removed for a variety of reasons, including damage, decay, being impacted or poor positioning. Our team at North Mankato Family Dentistry, can examine your teeth, review digital x-rays, and determine the best course of action for treatment, which may include extraction. If an extraction is needed, Dr. Flack or Dr. Schuck will also determine the next steps of action if restoration is needed, which may include a bone graft and a dental implant.
Simple Extraction and Surgical Extraction
We generally refer to extraction in two different categories, either simple extractions or surgical extractions.
- Simple Extraction: Simple extractions are done if a tooth is fully erupted, and Dr. Dose can visually see the tooth in the patient's mouth. Dr. Dose will use a dental tool, known as an elevator to loosen the tooth and then extract it using forceps. Extraction is not entirely pain free, but the patient will be prepared anesthetized using a local anesthetic and then advised on some post-op tips to reduce pain and swelling. A simple extraction can quickly turn into a surgical extraction.
- Surgical Extraction (Difficult): Surgical extractions are more complex extractions. We use the term surgical because cuts need to be made in order to remove the tooth. Surgical extraction is required when the tooth is not fully erupted, or has fractured at the gum line. Wisdom teeth extractions are often surgical extractions. The process to surgically remove a tooth involves making the necessary incision, in some cases, Dr. Flack or Dr. Schuck may need to remove some bone around the tooth. This procedure is most often done with local anesthetic or sedation, but in some situations, we may recommend general anesthesia. Surgical extractions often require an extra day or two of healing versus simple extractions, and we may prescribe medication to relieve pain.
Following Your Extraction
Extractions often leave our patients feeling uncomfortable for a day or two. We will provide care instructions following your procedure. You will be advised how to handle pain management and bleeding. Over the counter pain medication will be advised in most situations, we will also discuss the use of an ice pack to reduce swelling, and caution the patient to eat cautiously for the next few days.