What is tooth extraction?
A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from the mouth. It is also called exodontia. Extractions are performed for a variety of reasons, but most commonly to remove teeth that are decayed, broken, or impacted. Impacted teeth are usually removed in order to prevent damage to the surrounding teeth. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are commonly removed because they often become impacted and can cause pain or other problems. Tooth extractions are typically performed by a dentist or oral surgeon. The procedure is usually quick and relatively painless. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the tooth and the tooth is then removed with forceps.
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When a tooth is visible above the gum line and your dentist can easily remove it with forceps, the procedure is called a simple extraction. If a more volatile tooth has yet to grow in, however, your dentist needs to remove gum tissue or bone in order to extract it. This is called a surgical extraction and may require stitches to close the site so that it can heal properly. It is important to closely follow your dentist’s aftercare instructions to speed recovery and avoid complications.
The surgical extraction of teeth may sound a bit daunting, but with today’s modern procedures and anesthesia, you have nothing to worry about. That's' because, although an extraction may be necessary, it doesn’t mean you have to live with missing teeth. Your dentist can provide the following restorative dental options to replace an extracted tooth:
- Single Implants
- Multiple Implants
- Implant Retained Dentures
- Standard Dentures
Why might someone need a tooth extraction?
There are many reasons why someone might need a tooth extraction, including:
1. Severe decay: If a tooth is severely decayed, it may need to be extracted to prevent the spread of infection.
2. Impacted teeth: Impacted teeth are those that have not erupted through the gum line and are trapped beneath the tissue. They often need to be extracted to prevent pain and damage to surrounding teeth.
3. Orthodontic treatment: Sometimes, patients undergoing orthodontic treatment need one or more teeth extracted in order to create room for the movement of other teeth.
4. Oral surgery: Oral surgery often requires the removal of teeth as part of the procedure. The tooth extraction process.
What to Expect with Tooth Extractions
We understand that the idea of having a tooth removed can be distressing and you may have some anxiety about visiting the dentist because of it. We offer sedation dentistry to help you feel more relaxed and comfortable during our procedure.
Afterwards, the gums around the area where the tooth was removed will be sore for some time and you will be given specific post-op instructions to ensure optimal healing. Despite this discomfort there are several reasons why tooth extractions are recommended, including the following:
- Severely damaged teeth
- Impacted teeth (this service is often referred out to an Oral Suregon)
- Wisdom Teeth (to prevent infection)
- Severely decayed teeth
- Preparation for dental implants
- Preparation for orthodontic treatment
- Treat overcrowding
- Prevent gum disease or an infection from spreading
If the wisdom teeth or impacted teeth in the back of the mouth were removed, you will need to keep the area clean and avoid eating from that side or drinking anything with a straw to protect the area while it heals. Also, if the blood clot forming over the extraction area is dislodged or removed, it can delay healing and increase the risk of infection.