Tooth extractions are a common dental procedure — researchers estimate that dentists extract 15 million wisdom teeth each year. At Ford Dental Group, general and cosmetic dentist Hussein Abdel-Hak, DDS, and the team perform simple and surgical tooth extractions. Treatment occurs under local anesthesia with gas also available, ensuring the process is comfortable and pain-free. To make an appointment, call the nearest office in Dearborn, Michigan, or book online today.
Tooth extraction is a procedure that removes one or several teeth from their sockets. Dr. Abdel-Hak and the team try to save permanent teeth whenever possible, but sometimes, dental restorations aren’t enough to preserve your oral health. If that’s the case, Dr. Abdel-Hak might recommend surgical intervention.
Dr. Abdel-Hak and the team use tooth extractions to treat various oral health problems, including:
You might also benefit from extractions if you’re preparing to undergo chemotherapy or an organ transplant. Removing teeth beforehand can help reduce the risk of infection.
Dr. Abdel-Hak and the team perform two types of extractions:
If you have a decaying or fractured tooth that’s easy to access, Dr. Abdel-Hak performs a simple extraction. He numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic, loosens your tooth with dental forceps, and carefully removes it. Dr. Abdel-Hak fills the empty socket with gauze and provides recovery instructions.
If you have impacted wisdom teeth, Dr. Abdel-Hak performs a surgical extraction. After numbing your mouth with a local anesthetic, he makes a small incision above your impacted teeth to access them.
Dr. Abdel-Hak breaks each tooth into several pieces and removes them one at a time. Then, he closes the incisions, packs your empty socket with gauze, and provides recovery instructions.
After tooth extractions, Dr. Abdel-Hak sends you home. To ensure a speedy recovery:
During the first few days, eat only soft foods, like yogurt, soup, or rice, and avoid drinking from a straw. Using a straw can dislodge a blood clot, causing a painful dry socket.
If you develop a fever or experience pain that interferes with your ability to bite or chew, contact Dr. Abdel-Hak and the team right away. After your mouth finishes healing, Dr. Abdel-Hak can replace your tooth with a bridge or dental implant.
To see if you’re a candidate for tooth extractions, make an appointment at Ford Dental Group by calling the nearest office or booking online today.