Tooth Extractions

Tooth Extractions in Alexandria MN

If you suffer from teeth that are loose, broken, or severely decayed, a dentist may be unable to repair them with fillings, root canals, or other treatments. As a result, a tooth extraction may be your best option. Teeth extractions may be necessary for other reasons such as when primary teeth don’t fall out naturally, wisdom teeth become impacted, or severe dental infection that affects another medical condition. A simple teeth extraction is the removal of teeth that are visible in the mouth. Surgical teeth extractions are more complex and involve making an incision into gum tissue.

Reasons Why You Should Get a Tooth Extracted

Dr. Joseph Haack may recommend extracting a tooth for one of several reasons

  • The tooth may have suffered damage beyond repair, or may have an infection that the doctor needs to remove before it can spread.
  • You may need one or more teeth removed before orthodontic treatment or to prevent overcrowding as adult teeth erupt.
  • Wisdom teeth can become infected or impacted.

Whatever the reason, Dr. Haack will either perform the extraction or help you setup an appointment at an oral surgeons office.

What to Do Prior to a Tooth Extraction:

Prior to getting teeth extracted, a dentist will perform x-rays. Before wisdom tooth extractions, a full x-ray is necessary to determine the position of internal structures that could be affected by the surgical procedure. If you have a tooth infection, a weak immune system, or certain medical conditions, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics to be taken before and after surgery. We recommend to never smoke on the day of your tooth extraction, and inform your oral surgeon if you have become sick with a cold or illness.

To learn more about dental extractions, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Haack, call our Alexandria, MN dental office today.