Occasionally, we are unable to save a tooth with other treatments and it needs to be taken out (extracted). Some of these reasons include severe tooth decay, broken teeth, or lack of space in the mouth (most often for wisdom teeth but also can be to aid in orthodontic treatment). Another common reason is periodontal disease which is an advanced form of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) that includes not only inflammation of the gums but also bone loss.
When dental extractions are required, Dr. Farmer always achieves profound anesthesia of the affected treatment area(s). While a patient will feel pressure during an extraction, they should not feel any sharp pain. Dr. Farmer believes in constant communication between the patient and himself to ensure the utmost comfort during extractions. If at any time you feel any discomfort other than pressure, you should let Dr. Farmer know immediately and he will take additional steps to achieve a deeper level of anesthesia.
It is important to follow the instructions given to you after your procedure, including not smoking, in order to protect against side effects such as a dry socket. Dr. Farmer or a member of his staff tries to be available for post-operative patients after hours and even on the weekends.