Our Grand Rapids dentists do everything in their power to save a tooth. However, sometimes tooth extraction is necessary to protect oral health. The sooner you see our emergency dentists for tooth pain, the more likely we’ll be able to avoid dental extraction. Otherwise, we may end up needing to do emergency tooth extraction as a last resort.
Tooth Extraction Procedure
How we extract your tooth will depend on whether it has erupted through the gum line. For example, you’ll need surgery for impacted wisdom teeth stuck beneath your gums. If the tooth is visible, our dentist will use a special tool called an elevator to loosen your tooth. Next, our dentist will use forceps to remove the tooth from your mouth.
You may need a tooth extraction for:
- Severe tooth decay
- Fractured tooth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Tooth infection
Before pulling teeth, our dentist administers a local anesthetic to numb the tooth. That way, you won’t feel any pain during tooth removal. After the procedure, you’ll have residual numbness that will fade away after a few hours.