Tooth extraction is the process of completely removing a tooth from its original socket in the bone. At Pine Street Dental, we always try to fix the damaged tooth with a filling, a crown or some other appropriate treatment first; however, a tooth extraction will be performed for your overall oral well-being if a tooth is severely damaged.
Causes For Tooth Extraction
Many times your tooth or teeth require an extraction to make room for other corrective surgeries such as braces. It’s always important for a dentist to preserve the natural teeth, however, if the tooth is severely damaged, decayed or broken then the only option is extraction.
Here are some causes that lead to tooth extraction:
- An extra tooth could be blocking another tooth from coming in. If this happens, it needs to be extracted to make comfortable room for the new tooth.
- Baby teeth typically fall out so the permanent teeth may come in however when they do not, the baby teeth need to be extracted.
- Having braces applied could mean extraction of some teeth to provide extra space for the teeth to eventually move into place.
- Some teeth may act as a source of infection. These are extracted so that the infection does not spread.
- Molars can become impacted either before or after they come in. Sometimes, molars are decayed, infected, and painful or they can get stuck in the jaw when they do not completely come in. These molars must be extracted when they cause pain, swelling and irritation in the gums.
Types of Extractions
- Simple Extractions – A tooth that can be seen clearly in the mouth can be extracted with a simple clinical method. Simple extractions involve an instrument known as the elevator to loosen the tooth and then extracted with forceps.
- Surgical Extractions – This type of extraction is a complex procedure. Surgical extractions are done if the tooth has broken off at the gum or if it can’t be seen in the mouth yet. In a surgical extraction, a small incision is made in your gum to remove the tooth. Sometimes, a part of the bone around the tooth has to be removed to cut the tooth in half and extract it.
Typically, surgical extractions are carried out by an oral surgeon. However, in some cases a general dentist may also perform a surgical extraction as well. The dentists at Pine Street Dental are well trained and experienced to handle both simple, as well as surgical extractions. Our dentists will give you proper instructions on what to do and expect once your surgery is performed. We understand the challenges of tooth removal. An extraction can cause some discomfort and uneasiness depending on the difficulty and procedure to extract the tooth. Rest assured, we always encourage all our patients to follow up so we can keep an eye on your dental health and healing.