While dentists do all they can to care for, treat, and maintain your teeth, sometimes the best option is to remove a tooth entirely by tooth extraction. Kyle D. Kern, DMD, is an experienced family and general dentistry practitioner in Newberg, Oregon. Dr. Kern takes a careful approach to patient care and strives to make even complicated extractions a pleasant experience. Schedule an appointment with him today — call the practice or request an appointment online.
Tooth extraction is a deliberate tooth removal performed by a dentist, rather than losing a tooth naturally or because of injury. It's a standard dental procedure. Some of the most common reasons for tooth extraction include:
Regular checkups with Dr. Kern catches many of these issues early on and can prevent them from progressing to where tooth removal is the only option.
There are two types of tooth extraction: simple and surgical.
A simple extraction is a straightforward tooth removal using forceps. Most people need just a local anesthetic for pain prevention, and they remain awake during the procedure.
Dentists perform surgical extractions when the tooth being removed is impacted or partly visible. You may have just local and intravenous (IV) anesthesia to numb the area and put you into a drowsy state, or you may need general anesthesia so that you're unconscious throughout. Your provider removes the tooth by cutting into the gum, sometimes even the bone.
If you need a tooth extraction, Dr. Kern talks you through the process and explains your options.
When scheduling your tooth extraction, Dr. Kern assesses your health by asking several questions. You can prepare in advance by coming to the appointment with:
On the day, make sure you have someone available to drive you home if you're having a general anesthetic, and wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes. If you wake up on the day with sickness, nausea, a cough, or a cold, call the office in case you have to reschedule.
If you need a tooth out, you're in the best hands when you partner with Dr. Kern. They have years of experience in performing tooth extractions and provide exceptional aftercare. Find out more or schedule a consultation today. Call the practice or request an appointment online.