Tooth extraction is recommended when a tooth is broken, becomes loose from gum disease, when the teeth are crowded, or when a tooth is very damaged or decayed. Because missing teeth can cause health problems ranging from tooth shifting and difficulty chewing to periodontal disease, restorative procedures are recommended to replace teeth that are removed. These may take the form of dental implants, bridges or removable partials/dentures. Replacement options will be discussed with you prior to your tooth extraction. Read more about the replacement of missing teeth under Patient Education.
Once your dentist has decided that dental extraction is necessary, Dr. Morales will perform an examination, that includes an x-ray, to further evaluate the tooth and surrounding bone structure. The extraction procedure is performed under local anesthesia and involves rocking the tooth back and forth to ease it from the socket. Some teeth may need to be surgically removed in sections. After the procedure, an ice pack will be applied to reduce post procedure swelling. In some instances, medications are prescribed as part of your postoperative care. You will be asked to follow a soft, cool diet the day of surgery, and you can return to normal diet and activities the following day.
Eddie Morales, D.D.S. offers the following surgical enhancement procedures.
Additional Surgical Enhancement Procedures