Why would a patient need a tooth extraction?

Quite often I'll have a patient that'll come in to see me because they need a tooth extraction. They went to a root canal specialist and they didn't like the option of having a root canal or the specialist told them they can't have the root canal because it's just not going to work. So one of the reasons why teeth need to be pulled is because they can't be fixed otherwise.

What are the types of tooth extractions?

There are several types of tooth extractions. The simplest one is what we call simple extractions, like when you were a child and had a primary tooth that needed to come out - they just popped out by themselves. On a more complicated level, there are times where we have to do a surgical extraction where we have to get the patient numb and section the tooth into fragments so it actually comes out easier.

Why would teeth need to be pulled for orthodontic reasons?

There are times where teeth need to be pulled because of orthodontic reasons. If it's a wisdom tooth that's impacted or perhaps a tooth is in the way of having that beautiful smile again.

If I want to have an implant, do I have to have my tooth pulled?

Yes. The implant is the artificial root of the future tooth. So two things can't occupy the same space. If the tooth is no longer viable it will be removed, grafted and replaced with an implant and later on with an implant crown.

Why do some patients experience pain after having a tooth pulled?

Very often patients experience pain because the grafting was not done. We do bone grafting with almost every tooth extraction. Or I'd say pretty much with almost every tooth extractions for that particular reason.

Will I be asleep during the extraction?

It's up to you. Most extractions do not require sedation but if you feel uncomfortable or if you're unease in a dental chair by all means let's do some IV sedation. Let's have you go to sleep, perform the procedure of removal of the tooth, maybe even an implant placement and you wake up, you'll be all nice and done.

If you have any further questions or if you're ready to move forward, give us a call. We're here to help.

What is dental extraction?

A dental extraction is a procedure involving the removal of a tooth for one of various reasons. Perhaps you were in an accident and you broke your tooth, you had an abscess causing the tooth to be unsalvageable, or the tooth cracked and cannot be saved. In such cases, we will perform a very simple procedure where we get you numb, remove the tooth, and prepare the are for the next step.

If you’ve had a dental injury, sometimes it’s better to extract a broken tooth than try to save it. Periodontal disease can have the same effect if the infection spreads to your teeth. Advanced periodontitis typically causes tooth loss in its later stages, but we only want to perform extractions when necessary to restore your dental health!

What Are Dental Extractions?

There are two kinds of extractions: simple and surgical. A surgical extraction is typically reserved for removing impacted wisdom teeth and severely broken teeth. Unless there’s a complication, you can usually have your teeth removed with a simple extraction.

With simple tooth extractions, your dentist only needs to use a local anesthetic to numb the surrounding area before removing the problem tooth. Having infected teeth extracted can stop the bacteria from spreading to other teeth and advancing the effects of periodontal disease.

Tips For After Extraction

After having your tooth extracted, there are a few tips we can give you for your recovery period:

  • Take any pain medication as prescribed
  • Change gauze pads often
  • Eat softer foods during recovery
  • Don’t smoke
  • Don’t use straws
  • Use ice packs to relieve any pain or swelling

Do You Need Dental Extractions?

Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect the gums. It also affects your teeth and the rest of your oral health. At Prestige Dental Care, our goal is to completely restore your smile with procedures like necessary dental extractions, gum grafts, bone grafts, and much more. If you have concerns about gum disease, contact us today to make an appointment for an oral exam!

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