Many patients who experience tooth decay or damage, such as a tooth fracture or chip, can repair the tooth through a filling, root canal, the placement of a crown, or the bonding of the original tooth pieces. However, sometimes the damage to the tooth is so extensive or severe that the tooth must be removed to maintain the patient’s oral health. There are several reasons that a tooth may need to be removed, including:
- Extensive decay
- Periodontal disease such as gingivitis or periodontitis
- Trauma resulting in painful, abscessed, and/or loose teeth
- Tooth crowding or an extra tooth which prevents healthy adult teeth from growing properly
If you are visiting Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center for dental extraction, we would appreciate it if you could bring the most current x-ray from your doctor showing the tooth or teeth that need to be removed and a list of any medications you are currently taking. You will undergo a thorough oral exam and possible additional x-rays of the tooth that must be removed, if necessary. Dr. Falender will create a plan for the tooth extraction, taking into consideration your age, the presence of gum disease, and your tooth’s relationship with other areas of your mouth such as your sinuses, nerves, and other teeth.
Some tooth removals can be completed during a single visit, in which the evaluation and removal are performed at the same time. Most tooth removal procedures are completed using a local anesthetic to mitigate any pain, and our patients can return to work or school following their extraction. If you prefer to be sedated or go to sleep, it is mandatory that you attend a pre-operative appointment for evaluation and to discuss anesthesia options. This allows us the opportunity to review your medical history, determine what procedures are needed, and otherwise prepare you for your procedure(s).
We will provide you with post-operative instructions, extra gauze, and a prescription for pain medication or antibiotics (if necessary) after your treatment is complete. To ensure that every patient has the most optimal recovery possible, we have provided a video of your instructions on our website, which can be viewed by clicking here.