At times, a tooth is beyond restorative care and needs to be removed. This extraction is especially necessary if there is an active infection, bone resorption, pain, or a potential for decay and future infection. Dr. Mazzella will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth which wears off in several hours. He can prescribe antibiotics or stronger pain medication afterwards if necessary, and will recommend the best post-operative care for you.
Dr. Mazzella will also remove primary (baby) teeth in some cases if they are bothersome to your child, or at the recommendation of your child’s orthodontist.
When a tooth is removed, it leaves an empty socket where the tooth’s roots were. If you would like to replace the tooth space with a bridge, denture, or implant, it is highly recommended that you preserve the bone level to best support these treatment options. Otherwise, the bone will naturally diminish. Dr. Mazzella can preserve the bone level immediately after an extraction by placing bone graft material. This ensures healthy healing, avoids uncomfortable dry socket, and forms a stable site for a future restoration.