Tooth removal varies from a simple and routine procedure to the complex surgeries, depending on the type of extraction you will undergo and the reason you need the surgery. Because of this, your recovery time will vary accordingly; therefore, for more complex procedures such as the removal of wisdom teeth, a consultation is highly recommended. Following the removal of your tooth/teeth, you will be given a written sheet that details all of the post-operative instructions.

Sometimes patients may require the removal of all of their remaining teeth. If you have a general dentist that you regularly visit, we can coordinate our procedure with them so that he or she can have your dentures ready on the day you are having your teeth removed. If you do not have a regular dentist, we will be more than happy to refer you to one. It is our recommendation, however, that you wait 6-8 weeks after removal of your teeth before having your dentures made. This will allow for proper healing of tissue and bone and help in the overall fit of your dentures.

The removal of teeth is typically done in the office setting, but depending on the patient's medical history it may take place in an operating room. Depending on the sedation, patients may need to arrange a ride to and from the appointment, and recovery time also depends on the type of extraction; a routine procedure allows immediate return to work or school, but wisdom teeth require three to four days, and maybe even a week, to recover.

Your dentist can recommend extraction surgery with us for various reasons. Below are some common situations that lead to extractions, and more helpful information on why your doctor might recommend extractions for you.

Decay: Teeth can decay to the point that they are no longer able to hold a filling.

Periodontal Disease: Improper brushing and flossing leads to plaque and calculus buildup and inflammation of the tissues surrounding teeth. This inflammation leads to bone loss and deep pocketing around your teeth. Your teeth become mobile and lack sufficient bone for their support. This can lead to removal of the affected teeth.

Abscess: Decay and periodontal disease can progress to the point that the tooth and/or surrounding tissues become abscessed (infected). An abscess can range from a small swelling inside your mouth to severe life-threatening swelling of your face and/or neck, requiring hospitalization.

Impacted teeth: An impacted tooth is a tooth that becomes "stuck" under your gum tissue or bone due to insufficient room for eruption. Any tooth in your mouth can become impacted, but wisdom teeth are most common. Not all impacted teeth require removal; there are certain situations when an impacted tooth can be uncovered and brought into position by your orthodontist.

Crowding: Your orthodontist may refer you for removal of teeth prior to braces. This allows adequate space for other teeth to erupt or to be brought into proper position.

Cysts and Tumors: Cysts and tumors can grow in the tissue related to the teeth, especially impacted teeth that continue to grow though unable to erupt. Most of the time these cysts and tumors are benign lesions that erode or destroy bone, and they require surgical removal to stop the process. On rare occasions, these lesions can be malignant.

Trauma: You may have been involved in some sort of accident. If any of your teeth are damaged beyond repair, removal may be your only option.

If you have questions regarding removal of your teeth, please call our office at (765) 289-9705, and we will be more than happy to assist you.