Tooth extraction is a dental option whereby a tooth is removed from its socket. The extraction is normally performed by an oral surgeon but general dentists and periodontists can also carry out these procedures as part of their skills as dental providers.
Dentists suggesting tooth extractions thoroughly check your teeth, gums, and mouth before the tooth is extracted. They make every effort possible to preserve the teeth but however if it cannot be avoided dentists ensure the procedure is completed painlessly.
Caring for the comfort of the patient is high on the minds of dentists that ensure the area from where the tooth needs to be extracted is numb before the procedure is conducted.
There are two types of extraction procedures.
The first is a simple extraction that is performed on teeth that are visible under local anesthesia.
The second procedure is a surgical extraction that is performed on a tooth that cannot be accessed easily. This is usually the case when the tooth has not erupted fully on his impacted below the gum line. In this procedure, the dentist will perform small incisions to elevate the soft tissues covering the tooth. They may also decide to split the tooth into multiple pieces to facilitate the extraction. Surgical extractions are more involved and general anesthesia will be administered to the patient.
Tooth extractions are considered as the last resort as a dental solution. Consulting with your dentist can help you understand why the extraction has become inevitable.
Everyone has two sets of teeth which are the baby teeth and the permanent teeth. The baby teeth are the first set of teeth produced by the body. The second set of permanent teeth erupt when the baby teeth fall off.
Permanent teeth are meant to last for a lifetime. However, extractions may become inevitable in the following instances.
This is usually the case when tooth decay reaches the center of the tooth and infects the pulp. This is because the bacteria produced by the decay cause an infection inside the tooth. In this case, a root canal may help to treat the infection. However if the dental infection a severe extraction may be recommended to prevent the infection from spreading.
Periodontal disease is an infection of the gums and is caused by bacteria present in dental plaque which is a sticky film that forms on your teeth several hours after eating and failing to brush. Brushing your teeth regularly and visiting your dentist for dental exams can prevent gum disease from occurring. The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis and a severe condition is known as periodontitis which affects the periodontal ligaments and the alveolar bone.
In some cases, gum disease can loosen the teeth. When this occurs tooth extractions are a possible dental option.
Untreated dental cavities continue to harbor bacteria that weaken the teeth. Visiting the dentist regularly to have the infection checked and filled will prevent the bacteria from spreading deeper into the tooth. However, when the filling is ignored or neglected it can lead to serious dental infections which will make a tooth extraction necessary.
The extraction of one or more teeth may become necessary to eliminate overcrowding in the mouth. These extractions are recommended if you are slated to undergo orthodontic treatments because you have insufficient space in your mouth for the other teeth to move and realign. An orthodontist will examine your teeth to determine how crowded they are and will only recommend tooth extractions if there is not sufficient space to straighten the alignment of your teeth.
If you are involved in a car accident and need dental treatment the primary option is always to preserve your teeth. You may be recommended dental bonding, bridges, crowns, and veneers. However, if the dental issue is frightening a tooth extraction may be suggested.
Extractions may also be recommended if you have impacted wisdom teeth which are causing you concerns. Dentists aim to preserve your existing teeth for as long as possible but some reasons make it difficult even for them to consider alternative solutions other than an extraction.