A tooth extraction is the permanent removal of a tooth from the bone socket. If you have a tooth that has been damaged by decay or broken, we will take every effort to save it with a filling, crown, and other treatment options. However, there are some cases where the damage is just too severe for the tooth to be repaired, and in order to maintain the health of your mouth, the tooth needs to be removed. A simple tooth extraction can be completed by a general dentist in our office. The wisdom teeth are the most common teeth to be extracted, but if you need to have other teeth removed, you should rest assured that there are a variety of great restorative options available to help you maintain your smile.
Reasons to Have a Tooth Extracted
There are a variety of reasons that our dentist may recommend that you have a tooth extracted:
The Tooth Extraction Procedure
Tooth extractions are classified in two ways: simple (or non-surgical) and surgical (which involves cutting into the gums and tooth). In our office we most commonly perform simple tooth extractions after the tooth has been anesthetized by injecting a local anesthetic around the nerve. A topical numbing gel may be needed to minimize the discomfort of the injection.
During the extraction process, we will use tools to release the periodontal ligament that holds your tooth into place. The tooth will then be loosened within the socket by placing leverage onto it with an elevator. After the tooth has been loosened sufficiently, forceps will be used to remove the tooth from the jaw.
In some cases, if a tooth has several roots or if they are twisted, even a loose tooth may not be removable in one piece. In these situations, the dentist will need to section it into smaller pieces, and these extractions will be considered surgical rather than simple.
Post-Operative Care After an Extraction
It is common to experience certain symptoms after you have had a tooth extraction, and knowing how to handle them as they arise can minimize your discomfort.
If you have any additional questions about how to care for your mouth following a tooth extraction, or if you are experiencing symptoms that don’t seem to be normal, please contact our office.