A tooth extraction is the removal of a tooth from its socket in the jawbone, usually because of disease, trauma, or overcrowding in the mouth. Before removing a tooth, our dentists at Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, MS, PC, will take X-rays to check the roots of the tooth and surrounding bone. The dentist will decide if the tooth needs to be extracted based on the X-ray results.
If it is determined that an extraction is necessary, the patient will be given local anesthesia to numb the extraction site. During the procedure, the dentist will grasp the tooth with forceps and loosen it using a dental instrument called an elevator. After the removal of the tooth, the dentist will use gauze to control any bleeding and help the area heal properly. The patient may be prescribed pain medication following the procedure, as the area may be sore for a few days.
When Are Extractions Necessary?
Gum disease can gradually destroy bone tissue in the jaw. As it progresses, the gums pull away from the teeth and create pockets that fill with bacteria. An infection can affect the bone and the tissue around the tooth's roots. This may require extraction to prevent the spread of infection to other parts of the mouth and the body.
Impacted Wisdom Teeth
If your wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning they haven’t grown completely through the gums, they can cause several problems. They may grow at odd angles, which can damage surrounding teeth. They may be hard to clean because they are far back in the mouth. And they may put pressure on adjacent molars, causing them to shift out of place. Impacted teeth may also lead to infections or other oral health problems. For this reason, it’s best to have all four of your wisdom teeth removed at the same time.
Advanced Tooth Decay
If a tooth is damaged from a large cavity, fracture, or other problem, it may be too damaged to be fixed with a simple filling or dental crown. In this case, the best option may be to extract the tooth and replace it with a dental implant or another restoration.
The Benefits of Getting a Tooth Extracted
Getting a tooth extracted is a quick and easy way to improve the appearance of your smile if your teeth are overcrowded. If your tooth is pushing your other teeth out of alignment, an extraction can help create a better balance between your other teeth.
If a tooth is severely infected, removing it can prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the mouth and causing further pain or discomfort. Removing the tooth will also decrease the risk of disease when bacteria and other germs work their way into the gums and jawbone around an untreated tooth.
If your teeth are severely damaged or infected and you need an extraction, visit Charles E. Dyer, IV, DDS, MS, PC, at 16316 Spring Cypress Rd, Cypress, TX 77429, or call (281) 304-9911.