When disease in a tooth has continued for some time, and/or you have high levels of sensitivity in your teeth, then your dentist may decide that the best thing for you is to have that tooth removed. The affected tooth can easily be taken out without any major surgery, so you can continue on with your life.
Reasons for a tooth extraction
Some people will require extractions whilst others will not, and many find that after having the offending tooth out they feel a lot better. You may want to consider an extraction if you are experiencing:
- A tooth that is very loose due to periodontal disease (gum disease)
- Baby teeth that are in the way of adult teeth
- Orthodontic treatment (braces)
- A fractured or malformed tooth
- A tooth so decayed that a root canal will not help it
How is a tooth extraction performed?
An x-ray will be the first thing that your dentist does, so that they can fully understand the problem that your teeth are experiencing. Once they have decided the best possible extraction method for you, then you will have a local anesthetic so that you will feel some pressure, but absolutely no pain. An elevator will be used by your dentist in order to raise up the tooth from the gum line, and then forceps will be used in order to pull out the tooth.
In some cases, the tooth will put up a little bit of a fight, but if this happens then all the dentist will do is gently break up the tooth where it is, and then take the pieces out delicately ensuring that you feel no pain. As soon as the tooth is out, your dentist will place gauze in the socket where it once was, and you will need to bit down for a long time in order to keep pressure on it. In some cases, the dentist will close up the socket with sutures.
It is important for you to let the dental office know if you are feeling unwell in the week leading up to your appointment, as the extraction may have to be postponed.
To schedule your extraction call (619) 640-5100