Extractions and Oral Surgery
When a tooth is simply too damaged to be saved, it may be time for a dental extraction.
Dr. Bacsa offers not only traditional oral surgery procedures, tooth extractions, and surgical removal of wisdom teeth, but also offers oral and dental surgery not offered in a dental office such as bone grafting and sinus lifts.
Tooth extraction involves the removal of your entire tooth, including the crown and root. With the damaged tooth removed, there is room for you to replace it with a new, healthier tooth such as a dental implant and crown, dentures, or bridges with a dental implant.
A popular form of dental extractions is wisdom tooth removal. Similar to your molars, these are teeth located in the back of your mouth. Because of their placement in the very back of your mouth, they can easily run out of room when growing, becoming uneven or impacted.
Whether you need an emergency dental extraction or simply a dental implant, Dr. Bacsa is studied and practiced in all kinds of dental extractions for your emergency dental needs.
Frequently Asked Questions about Dental Extractions
Why do I need a tooth extraction?
Tooth extractions are surprisingly common, with many people removing at least one tooth over their lifetime.
You may need a dental extraction for any number of reasons, including:
- Impacted tooth
- Cracked tooth
- Wisdom tooth
- Advanced decay
- Stomach acid damage
- Physical trauma
- Recurring periodontal infections
Excessive bleeding or the presence of an abscess or cyst can also be signs that it’s time for an extraction.
Can anyone perform a tooth extraction?
Not just anyone can perform a tooth extraction.
It is a complex process that requires specialized care and expert training.
When it comes to your tooth extraction, you need someone who is proficient in oral surgery, like Dr. Bacsa, who has been safely and reliably performing tooth extractions in the Indianapolis area for decades.
Will my tooth extraction hurt?
Even though it may sound scary, modern medicine ensures that the actual tooth extraction will be pain-free.
Dr. Bacsa uses safe and reliable sedatives to prevent any pain, so all you may feel is some pressure.
What are my options for tooth replacement after a tooth extraction?
Once your natural tooth is removed, you have several options for a tooth replacement.
- Dental implant and crown
This is the most popular and natural option because the combination of a dental implant and a crown mimic the normal shape and function of a natural tooth. However, this requires a multi-part process that first involves securing the tooth to your bone. A crown is placed around the implant to keep it secure, and over time, the implant will naturally fuse with your bone.
- Removable partial dentures
Dentures offer a simple, more portable way to handle tooth replacement. This temporary device uses false teeth secured by a natural-looking base, and it can anchor onto your existing teeth for a more secure fit.
Fixed bridges are similar to dentures, except there are cemented into place. With a permanent fit, you don’t have to worry about taking them out every night. Dr. Bacsa will take impressions of your teeth before a lab custom-creates your new bridge using metal, ceramics, or glass-ceramics.
The best tooth replacement option for you will depend on several factors, such as the location of the tooth, your age, and overall dental health.
What are the after-care instructions for my tooth extraction?
Dr. Bacsa may prescribe antibiotics and pain medication to alleviate the mild discomfort you may feel after your extraction. Ibuprofen may also be recommended to reduce swelling and help with pain management.
During recovery, it is crucial that you protect the extraction site while it heals. The blood clot needs to be protected while the bone and tissue heal properly. Basic aftercare instructions for a tooth extraction include plenty of ice and soft foods.
Our entire team is available if you have questions or would like to schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Bacsa.
Your comfort is our top priority!