One of the primary treatment goals in dentistry is to preserve teeth. Even the most advanced and lifelike prosthetic replacement can’t compare to a natural tooth for function, health, and appearance.
There are times, however, when extracting a tooth might be in your best long-term health interest. If that happens there are effective methods to remove the tooth safely and efficiently and with minimal discomfort.
Reasons for an extraction:
- Trauma or decay
- Crowded teeth
- Gum disease
- Compromised Immune system
- Wisdom teeth
How are extractions done?
There are 2 types of extractions, a simple extraction, and a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is when the tooth is visible in the mouth; the dentist may be able to remove it. The dentist uses a tool called an elevator to loosen the tooth and then removes the tooth with forceps. Many simple extractions can be performed using just a local anesthetic.
A surgical extraction is a more complicated procedure when a tooth is below the gum line, whether the tooth has broken that far down, or it hasn’t come in yet. This usually requires the dentist to make a small incision in the gum. It may also call for removing some bone or cutting a tooth in half in order to take the tooth out. You’ll receive a local anesthetic for a surgical extraction, and you may also receive anesthesia. You can expect to feel pressure, but not pain, during a tooth extraction.
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