Tooth extraction is a dental procedure where a tooth that’s causing pain and problems gets removed from its place in the bone.
Tooth extractions are commonly performed in-office and can help with pain relief and the preventing of infected teeth from getting worse. In cases when a tooth cannot be saved any other way, an extraction will be recommended. While an extraction is considered a type of surgery, it is done quickly and easily right in the office at your own convenience.
What is a Tooth Extraction?
A tooth extraction involves removing one or more teeth from the socket that have become decayed, infected or are otherwise a problem for your dental health and hygiene. For example, a person might have a wisdom tooth extracted that isn’t necessarily causing them problems, but could become an issue in the future. Extractions are done when there is nothing else that can be done to save a tooth, or when the extraction will help to retain oral health and hygiene.
Why is an Extraction needed?
There are several reasons for why a tooth might be extracted. Some of these reasons include:
- A tooth has become decayed beyond the point of being saved
- A tooth is severely loose
- The tooth must come out to avoid future problems (like a wisdom tooth)
- There is overcrowding in your mouth and the tooth needs to be removed (in order to prepare for Orthodontic work)
- Advanced gum disease is present
- Necessary after facial trauma or accident
What to expect when getting an Extraction
The extraction procedure is done quickly and in a comfortable manner. We here at One Fine Smile will ensure that you are receiving your extraction at your own convenience and in a way that is pain-free and comfortable. The first thing we will do is take an x-ray of the tooth that needs to be removed. Once the dentist is satisfied with the x-rays, the area of extraction will be given an anesthetic and the procedure will begin. There are two types of extractions that can occur. The two extractions are Simple and Surgical.
- Simple Extractions-A simple extraction is performed on a tooth that can be seen in the mouth. In a simple extraction, the dentist loosens the tooth with an instrument called an elevator. Then the dentist uses an instrument called a forceps to remove the tooth.
- Surgical Extractions- this is a more complex procedure, which is used if a tooth may have broken off at the gum line or has not erupted in the mouth. The oral surgeon will make a small incision into your gum to surgically remove the broken tooth or impacted wisdom tooth.
After the procedure, you will go home with specific aftercare instructions that must be followed to ensure the area heals properly.
If you are in need of a tooth extraction, or would like more information about extractions contact us today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.