Sometimes, despite our best efforts to save and restore a damaged tooth, extraction may be the only option to protect your oral health and prevent further complications.
Tooth extractions are dental procedures that involve removing a tooth from its socket in the jawbone. Tooth extractions may be necessary for various reasons, such as:
You may need an extraction if you have a tooth that is:
Your dentist will examine your mouth, take digital x-rays, and discuss your symptoms and goals with you. They will explain the benefits and risks of extraction, as well as the alternatives, such as root canal therapy or dental implants. They will also answer any questions you may have and help you make an informed decision.
An extraction can provide relief from pain and discomfort caused by a damaged or infected tooth. It can also prevent further damage or infection to your surrounding teeth, gums, and bone. An extraction can improve your oral health and function, as well as your appearance and confidence.
An extraction is generally a safe and effective procedure, but like any surgery, it may involve some risks, such as:
These risks are usually minor and treatable, but they can be reduced by following your dentist’s instructions and contacting them if you have any concerns.
There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is done when the tooth is visible and easily accessible in the mouth. A surgical extraction is done when the tooth is partially or fully hidden under the gums or bone. The steps of an extraction are:
After an extraction, it is important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible to prevent problems with the surrounding teeth, such as shifting, drifting, or tilting. You can discuss your tooth replacement options with your dentist during your initial consultation.
Some of the options include:
Your dentist will help you choose the best option for your situation, depending on your needs, preferences, budget, and oral health.
If you have any questions about extractions or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.