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It’s unfortunate to have to have a single tooth removed, let alone multiple teeth. Accidents, injuries and advanced tooth decay can often times claim multiple teeth in the same location. Sometimes a tooth or multiple teeth can be so damaged that even a root canal cannot completely restore it.

Advanced gum disease also known as periodontitis can cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor some of your teeth to your jaw. This can lead to infection or even cause system inflammation. In some cases this condition can affect other medical conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke. In a situation like this your dentist or periodontist might recommend extracting the teeth before an even worse problem develops.

Your dentist will take x-rays before most extraction procedures. This will help them assess the severity of the problem, how much bone material is available or to get a better understanding of a particular tooth’s relationship to the sinus cavity.

Most of the time, the extraction procedure can be done on an outpatient basis. If you need multiple extractions deep into the bone tissue your oral surgeon may suggest you be sedated for you comfort. In this case you will need someone to drive you home and you may need help for a few days while you are recovering.

Your dentist or oral surgeon might also prescribe painkillers or anti-inflammatory medication to help with pain management during recovery. If you have a weakened immune system or other medical conditions that put you at risk for an infection your doctor or dentist might prescribe antibiotics to be taken before or after the extraction procedure.

Once you are healed your dentist can advise you on your options for replacing the lost teeth. This might include dental implants with implants an implanted bridge, partial or a set of dentures.

If you think you might need a tooth extracted or have questions about how to prepare for an extraction, please feel free to call us at 910-763-1072 to schedule an appointment.