Tooth Extractions

Treatment for Your Problem Teeth

Tooth extractions and minor surgery procedures remove your decayed and damaged teeth. An extraction is necessary when your tooth function cannot be restored or when your teeth do not develop properly, such as your wisdom teeth.

A solution for common dental problems

A tooth extraction is common for severe tooth decay and cavities. You could also benefit from an extraction when your wisdom teeth become impacted.

An extraction could be required for advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and any of your teeth that do not develop properly.

Your comfort is a priority

Your Wilmington dentist will offer you sedation options for your tooth extraction. Post-operative care instructions will follow your procedure to prevent complications and help assure proper healing.

Contact our Wilmington dental office about your painful or problem teeth. Schedule a consultation to discuss your oral surgery options.

Tooth Extractions

There are several reasons why you could need a tooth extraction.

The most common cause of Wilmington tooth extractions is severe tooth decay and cavities. However, many patients also undergo extractions for impacted teeth – particularly wisdom teeth. Other causes for extraction include advanced periodontal disease, cracked teeth, and teeth that are severely malformed. Although many circumstances that require extraction are unavoidable, some could be prevented with regular visits to the dentist for exams and cleanings.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need a tooth extraction?

Only your Wilmington dentist can tell you if you need a tooth extraction. However, you may be a candidate for the procedure if one or more of your teeth are decayed so severely that a filling or other restoration is not a possibility for treatment.

What should I expect during my tooth extraction appointment?

If you and your dentist decide to extract one or more teeth, you will be scheduled to return for oral surgery at a later date. You will be given a local anesthetic to prevent pain during the procedure, and you may be prescribed medications to help manage pain in the hours following your extraction. Depending on the nature of your extraction and other factors, such as whether your teeth are impacted, you may also be sedated or given general anesthesia during your procedure.

What type of post-treatment care will I need to follow?

Post-operative care following a Wilmington tooth extraction is essential for healing and preventing complications. You will be instructed to avoid certain foods and also keep the surgical site clean at all times. If you are prescribed an antibiotic, it is important that you complete the course of treatment to prevent infection. Finally, you may be advised to avoid smoking or drinking through a straw, as doing so may delay the healing process and cause a condition known as ‘dry socket.’