Tooth Extractions

In most cases, we do everything possible to save your natural teeth. However, in some cases, tooth extraction is necessary to protect your oral health. Dr. Robson will clearly explain to his patients why he recommends an extraction and outline any treatment alternatives.

When Is an Extraction Appropriate?

We take the recommendation to remove any tooth seriously. There are, however, some circumstances when your dentist may recommend an extraction. 

An illustration of tooth ready for extractions grand rapids, MIThe most common extraction is wisdom teeth removal. To prevent wisdom teeth from crowding the rest of the patient's teeth and causing many health issues, such as being impacted, we generally recommend extracting wisdom teeth as early as possible before affecting their neighboring teeth.

In cases when a tooth's root becomes infected, the standard procedure is to perform a root canal to save the tooth and prevent further damage. Sometimes teeth can become reinfected after root canals or root canal retreatments. The dentist may recommend extraction if retreatment is unlikely to be successful.

The dentist may skip recommending a root canal if they see that the infection has spread too far or caused too much damage to the jawbone for a root canal to be successful.

Due to an accident or sports trauma, a patient's tooth may be damaged significantly enough the dentist may not be able to save the tooth.

In instances like these, the dentist will likely recommend extraction for the sake of the patient's overall oral health. For some patients seeking dentures, dental implants, orthodontics, and bridges, it might be necessary to extract a tooth for treatment.

It is necessary to visit your Grand Rapids dentist for an exam to determine the best course of action for your unique dental situation. Dr. Robson might recommend additional procedures to help protect your oral health and fill out your smile after your extraction.

Are Extractions Painful?

No. A dental extraction should not be a painful experience. Apart from doing all we can to ensure the patient's comfort, we also use a local anesthetic to numb the affected area before the procedure begins. Dr. Robson will make sure that you are fully numb throughout the process.

If the extracted tooth was infected or cracked and causing the patient a large amount of pain, the extraction will help relieve the patient's pain caused by the inflamed nerve.

Dr. Robson will provide you with detailed instructions on post-extraction care. Follow his instructions and take medication as prescribed. Pain and tenderness can last for upwards of two weeks during recovery but is typically manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. Patients who experience pain lasting longer than that should contact our dental office.

East Grand Rapids Dental ExtractionsA patient getting her tooth extracted in Grand Rapids

At Robson Family Dental, we treat every patient like our own family. Dr. Robson has years of experience as a family dentist and provides the highest quality patient-oriented care.

We want to take the time to build your trust and a great patient and dentist report. Robson Family Dental is your source for family dentistry solutions. Contact us today if you want to schedule a time to come in for a consultation with Dr. Robson to get started on the path to excellent oral health.