At Levesque Dentistry in Nashua, New Hampshire, we provide simple and surgical dental extractions for patients of all ages. We use digital dental technology and modern techniques to plan and execute all extractions. During a simple tooth extraction, we can loosen and remove a tooth visible from the gum line in one piece. A surgical extraction is performed when a tooth is not completely visible. We make a small incision in the gums and may need to remove the tooth in fragments.
Reasons for Tooth Extraction
Patients may require tooth extraction to:
- Create more space in the mouth
- Remove extra teeth
- Prevent teeth from overcrowding
- Remove teeth that were damaged from gum disease
- Remove infected teeth
- Extract impacted wisdom teeth
- Remove extensive tooth damage
Removing Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Most patients develop their wisdom teeth, also known as the third molars, in their late teens or early twenties. If a wisdom tooth is impacted, it may need to be removed. Wisdom teeth become impacted when they become stuck below the surface of the gums and come in at an odd angle. This can affect the integrity of the neighboring teeth. In some cases, when a wisdom tooth is not removed, patients can experience dental pain, swelling, or other dental health issues. When we extract wisdom teeth, we alleviate these painful symptoms and prevent crooked and overcrowded teeth.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
Before your treatment, we will take x-rays of your teeth and jaw to determine which type of extraction you require. We will also review your medical history, dental history, and any medications you are taking so that we can determine the best way to undergo your procedure.
A simple extraction is usually performed with a local anesthetic. However, patients may be given another form of sedation to help them feel calm and relaxed during their extraction procedure. For a surgical extraction, we administer a local anesthetic. While some patients may feel pressure on their mouth during their extraction, they should not feel any pain or discomfort. We will also review aftercare with you before treatment so you can recover quickly and comfortably.