Our teeth are under constant wear and tear over the years, especially as we get older. Damage, decay, or broken teeth are common concerns that almost everyone experiences at some point in time. In these cases, fillings, crowns, or other treatments are usually performed to repair damaged teeth. However, if the tooth is too damaged beyond repair, it may then need to be extracted.
What is an Extraction?
A tooth extraction is a specialized method for removing a tooth from its socket and the jaw bone.
Reasons a Tooth is Extracted
There are many reasons why a tooth may need to be extracted including:
- Tooth blocking other teeth from coming in
- Baby teeth that haven’t fallen out
- Patients getting braces that have crowded teeth
- Wisdom teeth
- Damaged tooth
- Loose tooth
- Decayed tooth
Orthodontic Extraction for Baby Teeth
There are various reasons why a child may need a tooth extracted. If the tooth is so badly decayed to the root, and a root canal won’t save it, it must be removed If a baby tooth won’t fall out, and it is preventing a permanent tooth from coming in, it may also need to be extracted.
What to Expect
A personalized treatment plan is first created based on your x-rays and treatment needs. The x-ray will allow one of our professionals to determine the best method for removing the tooth.
Extractions are typically done under local anesthesia, or an injected numbing agent, such as novocaine. This is to ensure optimal patient comfort and a smooth procedure.
In a simple extraction, the tooth is first loosened with a special tool called an elevator. The dentist then uses another instrument called a forcep to remove the tooth.
A surgical procedure may be needed in more severe cases, including if the tooth breaks off in the gums, and can not be saved even with bone replacement surgery such as a bone graft. During the procedure, an oral surgeon makes a small incision within the gum in order to successfully remove the tooth.
Detailed instructions are provided by the doctor following a simple or severe tooth extraction. Patients should follow these after care instructions to ensure optimal healing results.
If you are searching for an exceptional dentist for you and your loved ones, or are interested in learning more about extractions and oral care, reach out to the professionals here at San Tan Oral Surgery to speak to one of our caring specialists. Contact us today and schedule your consultation towards a beautiful and healthy smile!